McKayla Maroney will avoid a huge fine if she speaks publicly about her alleged abuse.
In a statement to USA TODAY Sports, USA Gymnastics on Tuesday announced it will not seek any money from Maroney if she speaks out regarding her alleged abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar.
"USA Gymnastics has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar, nor for any victim impact statements she wants to make to Larry Nassar at this hearing or at any subsequent hearings related to his sentencing," the statement read.
"This has been her right and USA Gymnastics encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out. USA Gymnastics remains focused on our highest priority — the safety, health and well-being of our athletes and creating a culture that empowers and supports them."
Maroney, who is now suing USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, reportedly was paid $1.25 million in a 2016 settlement that required she not talk about Nassar.
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter later Tuesday and offered to pay the $100,000 fine Maroney would earn if she opted to speak publicly.
The entire principle of this should be fought - an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla. pic.twitter.com/lsBEgEqZpD
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 16, 2018
Maroney, 22, claimed Nassar, who also served as a physician in the Michigan State athletic department, began to sexually assault her when she was 13 and attending a USA Gymnastics camp in Texas. She said the abuse continued over five years and three continents.
Nassar eventually was fired after more allegations from other gymnasts, including Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas, were reported. Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct in November and received 60 years in prison on child pornography charges in December.