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In June 2015, the FBI in Indianapolis was notified that Larry Nassar, a doctor for Olympic caliber gymnasts, was sexually abusing his underage patients. In this episode, hear highlights from a riveting Senate hearing with testimony from Maggie Nichols, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Simone Biles and get all the details presented in an Inspector General report explaining why the FBI did nothing to stop Larry Nassar for over a year while he continued to abuse dozens of additional young girls. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Support Congressional Dish via Patreon (donations per episode) Send Zelle payments to: Donation@congressionaldish.com Send Venmo payments to: @Jennifer-Briney Send Cash App payments to: $CongressionalDish or Donation@congressionaldish.com Use your bank's online bill pay function to mail contributions to: 5753 Hwy 85 North, Number 4576, Crestview, FL 32536. Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! Background Sources Documentaries Athlete A. Netflix. Hannah Shaw-Williams. June 24, 2020. “Athlete A True Story: What Netflix's Documentary Leaves Out” Screen Rant. Government Documents and Reports Office of the Inspector General. July 2021. Investigation and Review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Handling of Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Former USA Gymnastics Physician Lawrence Gerard Nassar (21-093). United States Department of Justice. Office of the Inspector General. 2021. “DOJ OIG Releases Report of Investigation and Review of the FBI's Handling of Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Former USA Gymnastics Physician Lawrence Gerard Nassar.” U.S. Department of Justice. Senator Jerry Moran and Senator Richard Blumenthal. July 30, 2019. The Courage of Survivors: A Call to Action. Senate Olympics Investigation. Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. September 8, 2016. “Jane JD Doe Complaint: Case Number 34-2016-00200075.” Superior Court of California, Sacramento. News Coverage Grace Segers. September 15, 2021. “Gymnasts Rip the FBI for Its Failure to Stop Larry Nassar's Serial Sexual Abuses.” The New Republic. Rebecca Shabad. September 15, 2021. “FBI fires agent accused of failing to investigate Nassar sex-abuse allegations.” NBC News. Kara Berg. September 8, 2021. “How much Michigan State has paid in wake of Larry Nassar scandal.” The Lansing State Journal. Sayantani Nath. February 25, 2021. “Who owns Twistars USA gym now? John Geddert sold gym infamous for Larry Nassar's sexual abuse before suicide.” MEAWW (Media, Entertainment, Arts WorldWide). Reuters. February 25, 2021. “Nassar Whistleblower Repeats Call for USAG Decertification.” U.S. News & World Report. Dan Barry, Serge F. Kovaleski and Juliet Macur. February 3, 2018. “As F.B.I. Took a Year to Pursue the Nassar Case, Dozens Say They Were Molested.” The New York Times. Matthew Futterman, Louise Radnofsky and Rebecca Davis O'Brien. June 2, 2017. “Former U.S. Gymnastics Chief Received $1 Million Severance Package.” The Wall Street Journal. Tim Evans, Mark Alesia, and Marisa Kwiatkowski. September 12, 2016. “Former USA Gymnastics doctor accused of abuse.” The Indianapolis Star. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Mark Alesia and Tim Evans. August 4, 2016. “A blind eye to sex abuse: How USA Gymnastics failed to report cases.” The Indianapolis Star. Matt Krantz. September 13, 2013. “2008 crisis still hangs over credit-rating firms.” USA Today. Audio Sources Dereliction of Duty: Examining the Inspector General's Report on the FBI's Handling of the Larry Nassar Investigation Senate Judiciary Committee September 15, 2021 Committee concluded a hearing to examine the Inspector General's report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation, after receiving testimony from Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General, and Christopher A. Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, both of the Department of Justice; Simone Biles, Houston, Texas; McKayla Maroney, Long Beach, California; Maggie Nichols, Little Canada, Minnesota; and Aly Raisman, Boston, Massachusetts. Sound Clips 47:54 Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): By the time Nassar was convicted and sentenced in federal and Michigan State court, over 150 survivors had come forward to recount the impact of these horrific crimes. Today we believe Nasser abused more than 300 athletes before he was brought to justice. 48:20 Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): Between 2018 and 2019, a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee led by our colleagues, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Jerry Moran conducted an 18 month investigation into this case. The investigation concluded that the US Olympic Committee in the USA Gymnastics knowingly concealed abuse by masseur between the summer of 2015 and September of 2016. The Senate passed two bills aimed at addressing the failures in the Nasser case with overwhelming bipartisan support that protecting young victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Feinstein, and the umpiring Olympic Paralympic amateur athletes act of 2020 by Senators Moran and Blumenthal both extended the duty of certain adults to report suspected child abuse. These are good and important steps. But the reporting requirement in both laws is not worth much if law enforcement and the FBI failed to respond and immediately and aggressively investigate the abuse cases. 51:57 Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): We'll also hear from the Inspector General and the FBI Director, who owe these young women in this committee an explanation of what the FBI is doing to ensure that this never happens again. And I'll add that I am disappointed. We asked the Justice Department to testify about their decision not to prosecute the two FBI officials who made false statements to the Attorney General. I understand it's a long standing department policy not to comment on decisions not to prosecute, but robust oversight of the Department of Justice is a core responsibility of this committee, committed to ensuring that committee members have an opportunity to question the Department of Justice about this issue at an oversight hearing in the fall. 56:44 Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA): I suspect there's much more to that story. One issue not talked about much is that the FBI has a division in Washington DC, known as the Violent Crimes Against Children unit. This component of headquarters was notified by two of its field offices about the Nassar allegations way back in 2015, and 2016, respectively. The Children's unit employs subject matter experts so it is well position in FBI to guide those field officers on their duties in child exploitation cases. Because it's housed at headquarters, this children's unit also was uniquely positioned to play a coordinating role by supervising case transfers to the appropriate FBI field offices. And this unit was well positioned to offer qualitative supervision of field offices' work. 58:19 Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA): The Children's unit helped develop a white paper, or more accurately, a whitewash, after the Nassar case attracted national attention. Ensuring that truthful information was provided about the FBI's role in this investigation was clearly not the main priority. This is a serious problem at the heart of the FBI. Not a case of a few errant agents. 1:00:12 Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA): Finally, I want to mention that I'm working on legislation to close the legislative loophole in the sex tourism statute that the Inspector General flagged in his report. This gap in the law allowed Larry Nassar to evade federal prosecution for assaulting children while traveling abroad. 1:26:34 Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): Our first witness Simone Biles, one of the greatest gymnast of all time. She is the first woman to capture five all round world championship titles and the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in World Championships history. 25 medals overall, she is a seven time Olympic medalist. Her extraordinary accomplishments have received widespread recognition including two Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year awards. 1:27:18 Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): McKayla Maroney was a member of the American women's gymnastics team dubbed the Fierce Five at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She won a gold medal in team competition and an individual silver medal in the vault. She was also a member of the American team at the 2011 World Championships where she won gold medals in the team and vault competitions and the 2013 World Championships where she defended her vault title and we frequently see her on TV jumping on a roof. 1:27:48 Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): Our next witness Maggie Nichols led the University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics team to Team national championships in 2017 and 2019, also winning six individual titles. She represented the United States at the 2015 World Championships where she won a gold medal in team competition and a bronze medal on floor exercise. She also holds several USA Gymnastics national championship medals. 1:28:15 Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): Finally, Aly Raisman, one of the most accomplished American gymnast of all time, two time Olympian, team captain of the 2012 and 2016 women's gymnastics team captured six Olympic and four World Championship medals, including an individual silver medal in the 2016 Olympic all around and gold medals in team competition in 2012 and 2016. A leader on and off the floor. Reisman uses her platform to advocate for abuse prevention and education. 1:32:25 Simone Biles: USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee knew that I was abused by their official team doctor long before I was ever made aware of their knowledge. In May of 2015, Rhonda Faehn, the former head of USA Gymnastics women's program, was told by my friend and teammate, Maggie Nichols, that she suspected I, too was a victim. I didn't understand the magnitude of what was happening until the Indianapolis Star published its article in the fall of 2016, entitled, "former USA Gymnastics doctor accused of abuse." Yet while I was a member of the 2016 US Olympic team, neither USAG USOPC nor the FBI ever contacted me or my parents, while others had been informed and investigations were ongoing. I had been left to wonder why was not taught until after the Rio Games. This is the largest case of sexual abuse in the history of American sport. And although, there has been a fully independent investigation of the FBI his handling of the case, neither USAG nor USOPC have ever been made the subject of the same level of scrutiny. These are the entities entrusted with the protection of our sport and our athletes. And yet it feels like questions of responsibility and organizational failures remain unanswered. 1:34:30 Simone Biles: We have been failed and we deserve answers. Nassar is where he belongs, but those who enabled him deserve to be held accountable. If they are not, I am convinced that this will continue to happen to others, across Olympic sports. In reviewing the OIGs report, it really feels like the FBI turned a blind eye to us and went out of its way to help protect USAG and USOPC. A message needs to be sent. If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be swift and severe. 1:37:00 McKayla Maroney: As most of you are probably aware, I was molested by the US Gymnastics National Team and Olympic Team doctor, Larry Nasser, and in actuality, he turned out to be more of a pedophile than he was a doctor. What I'm trying to bring to your attention today is something incredibly disturbing and illegal. After telling my entire story of abuse to the FBI in the Summer of 2015, not only did the FBI not report my abuse, but when they eventually documented my report, 17 months later, they made entirely false claims about what I said. After reading the Office of Inspector General's OIG report, I was shocked and deeply disappointed at this narrative they chose to fabricate, they chose to lie about what I said and protect a serial child molester, rather than protect not only me, but countless others. My story is one which Special Agent in Charge Jay Abbott and his subordinates did not want you to hear. And it's time that I tell you. In the summer of 2015, like I said, I was scheduled to speak to the FBI about my abuse with Larry Nasser over the phone. I was too sick to go meet with anyone in person. And talking about this abuse would give me PTSD for days. But I chose to speak about it to try and make a difference and protect others. I remember sitting on my bedroom floor for nearly three hours as I told them what happened to me. I hadn't even told my own mother about these facts. But I thought as uncomfortable and as hard as it was to tell my story, I was going to make a difference, and hopefully protecting others from the same abuse. I answered all of their questions honestly and clearly. And I disclosed all of my molestations I had entered by Nassar to them in extreme detail. They told me to start from the beginning. I told them about the sport of gymnastics, how you make the national team, and how I came to meet Larry Nassar when I was 13 at a Texas camp. I told him that the first thing Larry Nassar ever said to me was to change into shorts with no underwear, because that would make it easier for him to work on me. And within minutes, he had his fingers in my vagina. The FBI then immediately asked, Did he insert his fingers into your rectum? I said, No, he never did. They asked if he used gloves. I said no, he never did. They asked if this treatment ever helped me. I said no, it never did. This treatment was 100% abuse and never gave me any relief. I then told the FBI about Tokyo, the day he gave me a sleeping pill for the plane ride, to then work on me later that night. That evening, I was naked, completely alone with him on top of me molesting me for hours. I told them I thought I was going to die that night, because there was no way that he would let me go. But he did. I told them I walked the halls of a Tokyo hotel at 2am, at only 15 years old. I began crying at the memory over the phone. And there was just dead silence. I was so shocked at the agent's silence and disregard for my trauma. After that minute of silence he asked "Is that all?" Those words in itself was one of the worst moments of this entire process for me, to have my abuse be minimized and disregarded by the people who were supposed to protect me. Just to feel like my abuse was not enough. But the truth is my abuse was enough, and they wanted to cover it up. USA Gymnastics in concert with the FBI and the Olympic Committee or working together to conceal that Larry Nassar was a predator. I then proceeded to tell them about London, and how he'd signed me up last on his sheet so he could molest me for hours twice a day. I told them how he molested me right before I won my team gold medal. How he gave me presents, bought me caramel macchiatos and bread when I was hungry. I even sent them screenshots of Nassar's last text to me, which was "Michaela, I love how you see the world with rose colored glasses. I hope you continue to do so." This was very clear cookie cutter pedophilia and abuse. And this is important because I told the FBI all of this, and they chose to falsify my report and to not only minimize my abuse, but silence me yet again. I thought given the severity of the situation, they would act quickly for the sake of protecting other girls, but instead, it took them 14 months to report anything when Larry Nassar, in my opinion, should have been in jail that day. 1:42:00 McKayla Maroney: According to the OIG report, about 14 months after I disclosed my abuse to the FBI, nearly a year and a half later, the FBI agent who interviewed me in 2015 decided to write down my statement, a statement that the OIG report determined to be materially false. 1:42:33 McKayla Maroney: What is the point of reporting abuse if our own FBI agents are going to take it upon themselves to bury that report in a drawer? 1:42:55 McKayla Maroney: What's even more upsetting to me is that we now we know that these FBI agents have committed an obvious crime. They falsified my statement, and that is illegal in itself. Yet no recourse has been taken against them. The Department of Justice refused to prosecute these individuals. Why? Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco couldn't even bring herself to be here today. And it is the Department of Justice's job to hold them accountable. 1:43:25 McKayla Maroney: I am tired of waiting for people to do the right thing, because my abuse was enough and we deserve justice. These individuals clearly violated policies and were negligent in executing their duties. And in doing so, more girls were abused by Larry Nasser for over a year. To not indict these agents is a disservice to me and my teammates. It is a disservice to the system which was built to protect all of us from abuse. It was a disservice to every victim who suffered needlessly at the hands of Larry Nassar after I spoke up. Why are public servants whose job is to protect getting away with this? This is not justice. Enough is enough. Today, I ask you all to hear my voice. I ask you please do all that is in your power to ensure that these individuals are held responsible and accountable for ignoring my initial report, for lying about my initial report, and for covering up for a child molester. 1:44:30 McKayla Maroney: I would like to express my deep gratitude to the United States Senate, a very powerful institution, that from the very beginning has fought for us rather than against us. 1:46:47 Maggie Nichols After I reported my abuse to USA Gymnastics, my family and I were told by their former president, Steve Penny, to keep quiet and not say anything that could hurt the FBI investigation. We now know there was no real FBI investigation occurring. While my complaints with the FBI, Larry Nassar continued to abuse women and girls. During this time the FBI issued no search warrants and made no arrests. From the day I reported my molestation by Nassar, I was treated differently by USAG. Not only did the FBI fail to conduct a thorough investigation, but they also knew that USAG and the USOPC created a false narrative where Larry Nasser was allowed to retire with his reputation intact and returned to Michigan State University, thus allowing dozens of little girls to be molested. As the Inspector General's report details during this time period, FBI agents did not properly documented evidence failed to report proper authorities and the Special Agent in Charge was seeking to become the new director of security for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. A job opportunity raised by Steve Penny. 1:51:20 Aly Raisman: In 2015, it was known that at least six national team athletes had been abused by Nassar. There was even one of the athletes that was abused on film. Given our abusers unfettered access to children, stopping him should have been a priority. Instead, the following occurred. The FBI failed to interview pertinent parties in a timely manner. It took over 14 months for the FBI to contact me, despite my many requests to be interviewed by them. The records establish that Steve Penney, FBI agent Jay Abbott, and their subordinates worked to conceal Nassar's crimes. Steve Penney arranged with the FBI to conduct my interview at the Olympic Training Center, where I was under the control and observation of USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. The day of my interview, Steve Penny flew to the Olympic Training Center, and he made sure I was aware he was there. I felt pressured by the FBI to consent to Nassar's plea deal. The agent diminish the significance of my abuse and it made me feel my criminal case wasn't worth pursuing. Special Agent in Charge of investigating Nassar met Steve penny for beers to discuss job opportunities in the Olympic movement. Another FBI agent work with Steve penny to determine jurisdiction without interviewing the survivors. I've watched multiple high ranking officials at USAG, USOPC and FBI resign or retire without explanation of how they may have contributed to the problem, some of whom were publicly thanked for their service and rewarded with severance or bonus money. My reports of abuse were not only buried by USAG USOPC, but they were also mishandled by federal law enforcement officers who failed to follow their most basic duties. The FBI and others within both USAG and USOPC knew that Nasser molested children and did nothing to restrict his access. Steve Penny and any USAG employee could have walked a few steps to file a report with the Indiana Child Protective Services since they shared the same building. Instead, they quietly allowed Nassar to slip out the side door knowingly allowing him to continue his “work” at MSU Sparrow hospital, a USAG Club, and even run for school board. Nassar found more than 100 new victims to molest. It was like serving innocent children up to a pedophile on a silver platter. 1:54:33 Aly Raisman: USAG and USOPC have a long history of enabling abuse by turning a blind eye. Both organizations knew of Nassar's abuse long before it became public. Although you wouldn't know that by reading their press releases, which would have you and their corporate sponsors believe that athletes safety comes first. We have called for a fully independent factual investigation for years now, because I and these women who sit before you know firsthand, these organizations and their public statements are not to be trusted. They claim they want accountability, but then seek to restrict which staff can be interviewed, which documents can be examined and claim attorney client privilege over and over again. The so called investigations these organizations orchestrated were not designed to provide the answers we so critically need. Why are we left to guess why USAG and USOPC deliberately ignored reported abuse? Was it to protect the value of the sponsorships? The LA 28 bid? their own jobs? to avoid criminal liability, perhaps. But why must we speculate when the facts are obtainable and the stakes are so high? 1:56:04 Aly Raisman: Why would duly sworn federal law enforcement officers ignore reports of abuse by a doctor across state lines and country borders for a future job opportunity? Or whether additional incentives and pressures? Why must we speculate when the facts are obtainable and the stakes are so high 1:57:00 Aly Raisman: Without knowing who knew what when, we cannot identify all enablers or determine whether they are still in positions of power. We just can't fix a problem we don't understand 2:04:28 Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA): I Hope this isn't something so sensitive, you don't feel you can talk about it. But do you have any thoughts or inputs to share about SafeSport, the national nonprofit entity that has been tasked by Congress with handling allegations from amateur athletes? Aly Raisman: Yeah, I personally think safe sport is...I'm trying to be respectful here...I don't like safe sport. I hear from many survivors that they report their abuse and it's like playing hot potato where someone else kicks it over to somebody else, and they don't hear back for a really long time. I think a really big issue is that safe sport is funded by USA Gymnastics or the United States Olympic Committee. I'm not sure exactly what the correct terminology is. But if you're SafeSport and you are funded by the organization you're investigating, they're likely not going to do the right thing. And so I think that it needs to be completely separate. And I personally think SafeSport needs a lot of work. And I know from many survivors and you know, my mom has personally reported things to safesport, but we've followed up so many times, they say we can't help you or they either ignore us or pass it on to somebody else and the person they pass it on to says they kick it back to them. It's just a complete mess and the priority doesn't seem to be safety and well being of athletes. It seems to be protecting USA Gymnastics and doing everything to keep the PR good. 2:10:15 Aly Raisman: Because the FBI made me feel like my abuse didn't count and it wasn't a big deal. And I remember sitting there with the FBI agent and him trying to convince me that it wasn't that bad. And it's taken me years of therapy to realize that my abuse was bad that it does matter. 2:11:33 Simone Biles: Okay, one more to add -- we also want to see them, at least be federally prosecuted to the fullest extent because they need to be held accountable. 3:03:54 FBI Director Christopher Wray: I want to be crystal clear, the actions and inaction of the FBI employees detailed in this report are totally unacceptable. These individuals betrayed the core duty that they have of protecting people. They failed to protect young women and girls from abuse. The work we do certainly is often complicated and uncertain, and we're never going to be perfect, but the kinds of fundamental errors that were made in this case in 2015 and 2016 should never have happened. 3:06:37 FBI Director Christopher Wray: When I received the Inspector General's report and saw that the Supervisory Special Agent in Indianapolis had failed to carry out even the most basic parts of the job, I immediately made sure he was no longer performing the functions of a Special Agent, and I can now tell you that that individual no longer works for the FBI in any capacity. 03:07:01 FBI Director Christopher Wray: As for the former Indianapolis specialists in charge, the descriptions of his behavior also reflect violations of the FBI, his long standing code of conduct and the ethical obligations for all FBI employees, especially senior officials. Now that individual has been gone for the Bureau for about three and a half years having retired in January of 2018. Before any review launched and I will say I will say it is extremely frustrating that we are left with little disciplinary recourse when people retire before their cases can be adjudicated. 3:11:10 Inspector General Michael Horowitz: Let me briefly just summarize the results of our investigation. In July 2015, USA Gymnastics reported the sexual assault allegations against Nassar to the FBI Indianapolis field office. USA Gymnastics officials described graphic information that had been provided by Ms. Maroney, Ms. Nichols and Ms. Raisman, and informed the FBI that all three athletes were available to be interviewed. However, it wasn't until six weeks later, on September 2, that the Indianapolis office interviewed Ms. Maroney by telephone as you heard, and neither Ms. Nichols nor Ms. Raisman were ever interviewed by that office. Moreover, the Indianapolis office did not formally document its interview of Ms. Maroney at the time, or its July meeting with USA Gymnastics. The Office also didn't formally open an investigation or an assessment of the matter. Immediately following that September 2 interview, the Indianapolis office and local federal prosecutors concluded there was no venue in Indianapolis for the federal investigation. Both offices also had serious questions as to whether there was federal criminal jurisdiction, as opposed to state or local jurisdiction. Yet the Indianapolis Field Office didn't advise state or local authorities about the allegations and didn't take any actions to mitigate the risks to gymnast that Nassar was continuing to treat. Further, that office failed to transfer the case to the FBI office that actually might have had venue, despite informing USA Gymnastics that it had actually done so. 3:12:45 Inspector General Michael Horowitz: After eight months of FBI inactivity, in May 2016, USA Gymnastics officials contacted the FBI Los Angeles field office to report the same allegations that they had provided to the Indianapolis office. Following this meeting, the LA office opened a federal investigation and undertook numerous investigative steps. But, critically, it didn't contact state or local authorities and it didn't take action to mitigate the ongoing threat presented by Nassar. 3:13:13 Inspector General Michael Horowitz: It wasn't until August 2016 when Michigan State University Police, that police department, received a separate sexual assault complaint from another gymnast. And in September 2016, the next month, the MSU Police Department executed a court authorized search of Nassar's residence. Among other things, they seized devices containing over 30,000 images of child pornography. 3:13:42 Inspector General Michael Horowitz: According to civil court documents, approximately 70 or more young athletes were allegedly sexually abused by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment between July 2015, when the FBI first received these allegations, until September 2016. 3:14:00 Inspector General Michael Horowitz: We further found that when the FBI's handling of the Nassar matter came under scrutiny in 2017 and 2018, Indianapolis officials provided inaccurate information to make it appear that they had actually been diligent in their follow-up efforts, and did so in part by blaming others. In addition, it resulted in the Indianapolis Supervisory Special Agent drafting a summary of his telephonic interview of Ms. Maroney from 2015. That summary included statements, as you heard from Ms. Maroney, that didn't accurately reflect what she had told them and could have actually jeopardized the criminal investigations by including false information that could have bolstered Nasser's defense. Further, we concluded that that agent made false testimony statements to the OIG in two interviews that we conducted. 3:14:55 Inspector General Michael Horowitz: We also learned during our investigation that in the fall of 2015, the FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge, Jay Abbott, met with USA Gymnastics president, Steve Penny, at a bar and discussed a potential job opportunity with the US Olympic Committee. Thereafter, Abbott engaged with Penny about both his interest in the US Olympic Committee job and the Nassar investigation, while at the same time participating in Nassar investigation discussions at the FBI. Abbott applied for the US Olympic Committee position in 2017. But wasn't selected. We determined that Abbott's actions violated the FBI's clear conflicts of interest policy. We also found that Abbott made false statements to the OIG and my agents in two interviews that we conducted. 3:19:21 FBI Director Christopher Wray: So we have something called CAFI's, which are Child Adolescent Forensic Interviewers. These are interviewers who are specially trained in the unique sensitivities of what it takes to interview people, victims, survivors of these kinds of crimes. And one of the reforms that we've put in place is to make crystal clear in policy that interviews of individuals like Miss Raisman should be conducted with those kinds of interviewers and they should not be conducted telephonically, they should be conducted in person wherever possible. That was true before, we've made it more clear now, and we're putting training in place --mandatory training. 3:20:12 Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): General Horowitz, did any of the FBI employees or agents involved in this case deliberately misrepresent any facts to you and your investigation? Inspector General Michael Horowitz: They did. We found both that the person who wrote the report that Ms. Maroney testified about falsely testified to us about what he did in connection with that report, as well as other matters that we asked him about and Special Agent in Charge Abbott made false statements to us about the steps he took in 2015 when these allegations came in, but also about his job seeking efforts with the US Olympic Committee. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): Do these deliberate misrepresentations reach the level of criminal violation? Inspector General Michael Horowitz: Well, we found that they violated criminal law sufficiently that in what we do at that point is make the referral to prosecutors to assess them because that's who needs to make the decision whether or not there will be charges brought. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): Director Wray, what happened next? FBI Director Christopher Wray: Well, as inspector general Horowitz said, those were referred to the prosecutors over at the Justice Department and they're the ones that made the decision. As I understand it from Inspector General Horowitz's report the prosecutors at the Justice Department on two separate occasions, both in 2020 and then again in 2021, declined to prosecute, but I really would defer to the Justice Department for those. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): Are you personally aware or professionally aware of any facts or circumstances that would lead to that decision? FBI Director Christopher Wray: I am not. 3:22:49 FBI Director Christopher Wray: So there's a whole bunch of things we've done differently. First, we've accepted every single one of Inspector General Horowitz's recommendations, and then some. We've already begun implementing all of those. We are strengthening policies, we're strengthening procedures. We're taking training, we're strengthening our systems, all building in double checked triple checks, safeguards, oversight, different ways of making sure that we cannot have as occurred here, in certain instances, a single point of failure. That's one of the lessons here that is just totally unacceptable. And so part of what's built in is a bunch of, as I said, double and triple, even quadruple checks to make sure that that doesn't happen, both in terms of how the initial reports are handled with the appropriate urgency, but also in terms of communication. One of the important recommendations from Inspector General Horowitz is reporting to state local law enforcement, as well as communications between field offices, transfers between field offices. 3:31:20 FBI Director Christopher Wray: My understanding of the most senior individual involved, based on looking at the thorough and independent investigation that Inspector General Horowitz conducted, was that the most senior individual with knowledge and responsibility was the Special Agent in Charge in Indianapolis, Mr. Abbott. 3:32:23 Inspector General Michael Horowitz: FBI policies don't require the level of detail and reporting to the headquarters unit that would, for example, put the responsibility directly on them to have notified state local authorities. 3:56:55 Senator Chris Coons (D-DE): My impression from what she'd said, and what I've read is that their concern is that USA Gymnastics and the Olympic Committee have thrown a variety of roadblocks into a genuinely thorough investigation into whether there had or hadn't been previous incidents similar to Dr. Nassar, either in USA Gymnastics or within sports more broadly. It is hard to believe that this is the only time that there's been a failing of this scale. Given, Director Wray, when you just said about the 16,000 arrests, we all know that the horror of child sexual abuse is tragically far more widespread in this country and around the world than any of us would like to see. So first. Mr. Horwitz, do you think there is still a pressing need? And who would be the appropriate entity to conduct that? And what if any advice do you have for us on respecting her request to this committee? Inspector General Michael Horowitz: It's a great question, Senator Coons. And, frankly, as you indicated, the reason we can do a report like this and other reports that we've been able to do is because of the statutory authorities that we've been given by the Congress that make us independent. And by the way, picking up on something Miss Raisman said, which was very perceptive, about who is funding the oversight, as you know, back in 2008, we were given an independent budget line so that our budget is not coming from the Justice Department, but is being set by an independent appropriator. I don't know, as I sit here, frankly, what the oversight mechanisms are currently on USOC and the other entities. But actually, one of the things I did have a chance to talk with Senator Blumenthal about during the break was the importance of given what I'd heard from these gymnast's, the very issue you just mentioned, which is thinking about what is the right independent oversight mechanism of those bodies, which are not just private entities, right? These are organizations that have been sanctioned by Congress to oversee our US athletes, and they need strong oversight as well and I'm happy to work with you as well Senator, and the committee, in thinking about how to do that because we are seeing the IG (Inspector General) model replicated in many places, as you know, across the country, including many state and local entities. 4:04:55 Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN): What steps are you taking to ensure that the agents communicate allegations of sexual assault with local law enforcement? FBI Director Christopher Wray: So we've enhanced our policies and procedures on the specific issue of reporting sake and local law enforcement built in. Now they have to document it, which they didn't have to before. And that builds in, as inspector general Horowitz referred to, an ability to hold them accountable. They have to alert their supervisors. So there's a second set of eyes. So that would help. We've also enhanced our training to make clear that it's mandatory and that's regardless of whether there's some question about potential federal jurisdiction. We can continue to investigate if we there's federal jurisdiction, but we have to do, on a parallel track, report to the appropriate state and local or, in some cases, social services agencies as well. 4:06:36 FBI Director Christopher Wray: So I appreciate the question. There are two pieces of this one. The Child Adolescent Forensic Interviewers (CAFIs), which again, is a very specific discipline that requires very specific sensitivities and skill sets. And we've changed our policies to reinforce the use of those interviewers for these kinds of cases. Second is our victim services division. And one of the things that we changed even before receiving inspector general Horowitz his report on my watch is to make clear that the victim services that we provide, which is a little bit different from the forensic interviewing part of it, but it's also very important to handling these survivors with the appropriate sensitivity, that that is triggered at any stage. There is not just a full investigation, but we're in when we're in the assessment or pre-assessment phase. It has to happen there too. 4:07:42 FBI Director Christopher Wray: The scale of this kind of criminality in the country, as reflected by the 18,000 investigations that we've had over the past five years and the 16,000 arrests that we with our partners have made over the last five years, I think goes to your question about resources. And I can assure you that if the Congress were to see fit to give us more resources for those programs, they would immediately be able to be put to good use. 4:12:15 Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CN): Jay Abbott lied to you. Why do you in the course of your investigation of his Miss Congo 18 United States Code 1001. People get prosecuted for making false statements when they applied to a bank, federally insured bank for a mortgage. And here is a federal agent, the former Special Agent in Charge of the Indianeapolis office making a material false statement to you. In your investigation, you refer that for criminal prosecution, did you not? Inspector General Michael Horowitz: That's correct. 4:42:30 Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA): Could you please elaborate on the nature of the discussions between Mr. Abbott and Mr. Penny, regarding potential employment for Mr. Abbott at institutions associated with USA Gymnastics or the US Olympic Committee? Inspector General Michael Horowitz: I can. They began, as I mentioned in a discussion that they had when they met at a bar in 2015, where Mr. Penny and Mr. Abbott discussed a future job opening, Head of Security at the US Olympic Committee, that Mr. Penny expected to occur. That initial discussion led to Mr. Abbott's interest in the position. And then there are ongoing discussions between the two of them, as we outlined in the report, in emails that we've seen, where Mr. Abbott expresses his interest in the job. And equally troubling, acknowledges that it would be inappropriate for him and a conflict of interest for him to pursue the position because of the ongoing Nassar investigation. Yet, as we found in 2017, that is precisely what he did in applying for the job, which he was never ultimately interviewed for. Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA): And who initiated the discussion about employment prospects? Was that an opportunity dangled by Mr. Penny? Or was it solicited by Mr. Abbott? Inspector General Michael Horowitz: That was an opportunity mentioned first by Mr. Penny, because of his understanding that there might be a future retirement or an upcoming retirement at the US Olympic Committee. Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA): So just to be clear, Mr. Penny, the Chief Executive at USA Gymnastics, while there is an ongoing FBI inquiry into gross misconduct, criminal activity and sexual abuse by at least one USA Gymnastics employee, raises with the Special Agent in Charge at the field office that is steering this investigation, the prospect of potentially lucrative and prestigious employment at a parallel organization where Mr. Penny may have influence. Is that correct? Inspector General Michael Horowitz: That's correct. And at the same time, writing in emails for example, how he's looking for additional information about the Nassar investigation and events as they occur. 4:46:06 Inspector General Michael Horowitz: The challenge on Mr. Abbott, with regard to the criminal issue here, which is 18 USC 208, which is the federal criminal statute is a, I think I mentioned this earlier, challenging one and that's being generous with speaking about how it's written to determine whether there was a criminal violation. The challenge here was, and I'm focused on the law here as to how 208 is because Mr. Abbott was looking for a job at the US Olympic Committee, and Mr. Penny was employed by the US Gymnastics Federation Association, two different entities, that situation is not clearly covered by 208. No matter how clear it would be to a layperson the interactions between those two entities. Cover Art Design by Only Child Imaginations Music Presented in This Episode Intro & Exit: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)
Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari deliver their instant reaction to Michigan State football's 23-20 overtime win Saturday night in Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State football is ranked 21st after beating No. 24 Miami last weekend, and the 3-0 Spartans aim to make it 4-0 with Nebraska coming to town Saturday night. Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch have plenty to say about both games in this week's podcast: How MSU beat Miami, including dietician Amber Rinestine Nebraska's offense vs. MSU's defense Payton Thorne and MSU offense's progress Connor Heyward's transition to tight end Nebraska's defense "The Woodshed" MSU basketball lands commitment from Jaxon Kohler Predictions for MSU-Nebraska
The Michigan State football team has looked pretty good in its first two games, defeating Northwestern and Youngstown State. But the Spartans have a tough test Saturday against Miami. Can they go on the road for a noon start and beat the Hurricanes and star QB D'Eriq King in the Florida heat? Or are there shades of last year's Iowa game, where the Hawkeyes routed MSU after an 0-2 start and the Spartans were coming off an impressive win over Michigan? Host Phil Friend is joined this week by fellow Lansing State Journal sportswriters Graham Couch and Nate Atkins.
Michigan State led wire-to-wire in a dominant 42-14 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday. Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch break down the Spartans' win from Spartan Stadium.
The noise around Michigan State football is nothing but positive after the Spartans handled Northwestern in its season opener. Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch get into all that and more in Thursday's episode. This week's topics: An air of positivity for the Spartans Kenneth Walker MSU linebackers Quavaris Crouch, Cal Haladay MSU's offensive line Payton Thorne Youngstown State preview Transfer portal MSU football, men's basketball benefit from NIL deal Predictions
We're three days out from Michigan State football's home opener against Northwestern, and Mel Tucker still hasn't officially named the starting quarterback. But the QBs of the Spartan Speak podcast, Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, are here to get you ready for MSU's season opener. This week's topics: MSU has its new AD: Alan Haller Anthony Russo or Payton Thorne at QB? Northwestern preview/analysis Predictions
In this episode with Hope College Men's Basketball Coach Greg Mitchell we touch on: Coaching Philosophy G.R.I.T. Trust Relationships Advice to hopeful college athletes Transition from high school to college coaching and more... Mitchell spent 25 years coaching varsity boys basketball at Laingsburg High School near Lansing, Michigan while teaching for Laingsburg and Okemos schools. Mitchell compiled a 362-201 career record at Laingsburg, including a state runner-up finish during the 2012-13 season. At Laingsburg, Mitchell coached Laingsburg to three Michigan High School Athletic Association regional championships, six district championships, and six conference championships. Mitchell was named Coach of the Year seven times: twice in Class C By the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (2013 and 1997), once in Class C by the Associated Press Sports Editors of Michigan (2012), once in Class C by the Detroit News (2013) and three times by the Lansing State Journal (2013, 2012 and 1997). In seven seasons, Mitchell has led the Flying Dutchmen to a 118-60 record, three Michigan Intercollegiate regular-season championships and three NCAA Division III Championships tournament appearances. Twitter.com/Hope_Basketball Twitter.com/coachmitch44 Check the links below to connect with us! Website: www.coachsedge.coach Interested in our consulting services? email@example.com Camps: www.Cramerbasketball.com Online Training: https://cramerbasketball.mypthub.net/3/p/133059 Twitter.com/coachsedge1 Twitter.com/steve21cramer Facebook.com/cramerbasketball Youtube.com/cramerbasketball Instagram.com/cramer_basketball --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/coachsedge/support
For the first time since late April, Spartan Speak makes its return! Not only that, we'll be in your podcast feed weekly, if not twice a week during the football season. Host Phil Friend is joined by the Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of the podcast - Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch - as we get back into the swing of the college sports season. This week's topics: Emoni Bates commits to Memphis Michigan State's unexpected and untimely AD search continues Who will start at quarterback and running back for the Spartans?
Journalist and author Andrea Collier is with us this week to talk about Juneteenth, health and food writing, interviewing the “comfortably unhinged,” the restorative effects of brown liquor, and not giving up your power. Andrea's work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Lansing State Journal, the Post Tribune as well as too many magazines to mention here. She is the author of The Black Woman's Guide to Black Men's Health and Still With Me…A Daughter's Journey of Love and Loss. She has degrees in Journalism and Political Science and has held numerous medical journalism fellowships. ANDREA'S LINKS Twitter:https://mobile.twitter.com/writerchicks LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreacollier Portfolio: https://andreacollier.contently.com Writerchicks:writerchick.com Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/andrea.collier Books:https://www.amazon.com/Andrea-King-Collier/e/B001JSFIT0?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1629403159&sr=8-1 Annette Gordon-Reed's books: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Annette+Gordon-Reed&i=audible&ref=dp_byline_sr_audible_1 Women Beyond a Certain Age is an award-winning weekly podcast with Denise Vivaldo. She brings her own lively, humorous, and experienced viewpoint to the topics she discusses with her guests. The podcast covers wide-ranging subjects of importance to older women. SHOW LINKS Website: https://womenbeyond.podbean.com Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WomenBeyond/ Follow our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WomenBeyond/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/womenbeyondacertainage/ Episode archive: https://womenbeyond.podbean.com Email us: WomenBeyond@icloud.com Denise Vivaldo is the host of WBACA. Her info lives here: https://denisevivaldogroup.com/ More of Denise's info is here: https://denisevivaldo.com Cindie Flannigan is the producer WBACA. Her info lives here: https://linktr.ee/cindieflannigan Denise and Cindie's books: https://www.amazon.com/Denise-Vivaldo/e/B001K8QNRA%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
The Greater Lansing Food Championship, hosted by Lansing State Journal sportswriter Phil Friend, will be an annual food tournament determining the best of what Greater Lansing has to offer when it comes to food. In 2020, we did the best restaurant, won by Soup Spoon. In 2021, we'll pick the best menu item to be found in Lansing's restaurants via a 32-item knockout tournament. Phil will be joined by different State Journal staffers in each podcast to pick which food advances to the next round until there can only be one. The podcast is just part of the package, as we'll have articles and videos, too, which can be found at lsj.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lansing State Journal sportswriters Phil Friend and Nate Atkins break down Michigan State's 2021 recruiting class: the three scholarship players - Max Christie, Jaden Akins and Pierre Brooks - and walk-on Keon Coleman, who will be in East Lansing on a football scholarship. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari are in the football mood, as Michigan State has seen EIGHT players enter the transfer portal (and one player commit to MSU) since Saturday's spring game. Graham and Chris discuss the player exits and what it means for the program. Then, they delve into the spring game, the QB battle between Payton Thorne, Anthony Russo and the rest of the depth chart. We end with NFL draft talk, and where Shakur Brown, Naquan Jones and Antjuan Simmons might get drafted. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari have a lot to get off their chest in the month since our last recording. The MSU basketball team has seen six players depart since the loss to UCLA in the NCAA tournament, with Foster Loyer, Thomas Kithier, Rocket Watts and Jack Hoiberg departing via the transfer portal, Aaron Henry declaring for the NBA draft and Joshua Langford deciding to forego his final year of eligibility to retire from basketball. We then preview Saturday's spring football game, with what to watch for when it comes to the quarterbacks and depth chart as the Spartans will conduct more of a practice than a game. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch convene shortly after Michigan State's overtime loss to UCLA in the NCAA Tournament First Four game to discuss what went wrong for the Spartans inside Mackey Arena on Thursday night. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Monday 3/15/21 Hour 1 – Topics: Steve says Micah Shrewsberry has to rerecruit the current roster and it won’t be easy, and he says two No. 1 seeds won’t make it to the Final Four. Guest: Chris Solari, Lansing State Journal, on the Micah Shrewsberry hire, other Big Ten coaching vacancies and more.
Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch are both a little befuddled as to how Michigan State ended up in a First Four game instead of, say, Syracuse. But the Spartans are in the tournament and start their journey Thursday night. We'll talk about the selection committee's decision to put MSU in the play-in game, preview Thursday's game against UCLA, and make our predictions for both that game and the Final Four. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch have plenty to talk about after Michigan State's win over No. 2 Michigan in the regular-season finale. With the Spartans firmly in the NCAA tournament, we look ahead to the Big Ten tournament, previewing Thursday's game vs. Maryland while also predicting who will lift the trophy in Indianapolis. We also discuss what seed MSU should expect when the NCAA tournament starts next week. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch react to Michigan State's decisive 69-50 loss to Michigan on Thursday night by figuring out what scenarios would land the Spartans in the NCAA tournament. They also discuss the Rocket Watts situation - he sat out most of the second half after not making a hustle play that sparked the Wolverines - and predict Sunday's rematch with Michigan. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Last week's Spartan Speak podcast was spent largely talking about Michigan State basketball's future, after it looked like the Spartans weren't going to make the NCAA tournament following a loss to Purdue. But in the last week, MSU has come to life with wins over Indiana and No. 4 Illinois and are back on the bubble. On this week's podcast, Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press and Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal discuss how the Spartans have turned their season around, preview the final five games of the season and whether or not they make the NCAA tournament. Then, LSJ sports storyteller Nate Atkins grinds the tape and offers his analysis of MSU 3-star football and basketball recruit Keon Coleman, plus discussion of incoming football transfers Ben VanSumeren and Chester Kimbrough. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner starts the podcast chatting with Mike Carpenter about Illinois basketball's feel-good win at Minnesota to improve their win streak to seven. Then the guys chat about Ayo Dosunmu putting together one of the best seasons in Illini history, what the Ohio State-Michigan game means for Illinois and what this season means for the long-term of the program. Then Werner welcomes Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal to chat about Michigan State, who hosts Illinois on Tuesday. The guys chat about why the Spartans have struggled so much this season and whether this is just a one-off for Tom Izzo's program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Detroit Free Press sportswriter Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch have a lot to get off their chest as the Michigan State men's basketball team sits 4-9 in the Big Ten after losses to Iowa and Purdue and seem very unlikely to play in the NCAA tournament for the first time in more than 20 seasons. Chris and Graham discuss the Spartans' problems, what's up with the rotations and how they can finish the season before looking to next season, including Enoch Boakye's decommitment, Emoni Bates, Max Christie, Jaden Akins, Pierre Brooks, "the brand" and what MSU's team might look like next season. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Rich & Johnny return in 2021 with a lengthy chat with Michigan poster/flyer historian legend Jack Bodnar. Intense insight to a heavy scene! Here are some post scripts from the talk via Jack himself: Jack Bodnar talks more about The Brewery days in LansingBy Jack Bodnar, January 18, 2021 I don’t know about you but when talking about the past, especially personal events that happened nearly 50 years ago, I often walk away wishing I had said this or that instead, and that I had been clearer. In my conversation with Rich and Johnny, I think I got most of it right but what follows are additional insights that might clarify a few things. Terry O’Connor was the (brilliant and whimsical) Brewery graphic artist…he died of cancer in the Florida Keys a few years back. Even though he spent his career as a graphics artist, mostly for Michigan State University, his three-year Brewery and Brewery-related output (1972-1975), which came at the end of the Classic Rock Art era (1965-1976), easily puts him in the Top Four pantheon of Michigan superstar rock artists, joining Gary Grimshaw, Carl Lundgren, and Ozone (Chris Frayne, Commander Cody’s brother). O’Connor created 30-35 Brewery concert posters. No one knows for sure how many, not even Terry when he was still alive. Many of the posters were printed in ridiculously small print runs of 50-100, which is why most people at the time and post-1975 have never seen them. This was compounded by the fact that shortly after The Brewery changed concepts to the Silver Dollar bar in April 1975, Terry’s basement, where he stored his Brewery original art and “reference” posters, was flooded and all was lost. A true tragedy. Terry never realized how great his Brewery art was. It was just a blip on his radar, something he did for a short time in his youth. Even though his output was low compared to the likes of Grimshaw and Lundgren, Terry’s consistent, eye-popping creativity and use of vibrant color would rank him high on the national rock art scene if people could see his work. Hopefully, this will happen eventually, thanks to the twenty-some-odd O’Connor posters that are part of my collection at Michigan State University. I referred to Sloe Gin and Blue Motorcycle (the latter sometimes called Blue Hawaiian) drinks at The Brewery. The latter was basically a blue Long Island Iced Tea…blue curacao, gin, vodka, and rum. Many of the female patrons ordered them and they were deadly. On Tequila Nights, The Brewery sold a lot of Tequila Sunrises, yet another powerful drink that was ordered predominantly by the ladies. The guys tended to order straight tequila shots, as well as Tequila Sunrises on Tequila Nights. In our conversation, we kept referring to “Goose Lake.” Hopefully, most people know we were referring to the 1970 Goose Lake International Music Festival (7-9 August) in Grass Lake, MI, which attracted more than 200,000 mostly-stoned fans. It is recognized as the last great rock music festival of the Sixties Rock era. During our conversation, I offered a couple of unfortunate exaggerations when referring to multiple items in my collection. For the sake of hyperbole, I said I might have 5,000 Goose Lake Festival poker chips, which were the festival entry tickets. This is not true, though my collection does have close to a thousand of them, which is still a lot given they don’t turn up very often. Also, when referring to multiples, I said I had 30-40 copies of some underground newspapers (like the seminal and tough-to-find Warren-Forest Suns), which is true, but many of my underground issues number only in single digits. For instance, my collection has only one of Creem #5 (only a handful exist for some reason), plus the original cover art by Detroit artist Matthew (Matthew Radofsky). Rich referred to a Brewery Seger poster at East Lansing’s The Curious Bookshop, something he had mentioned to me when he interviewed me for a Lansing City Pulse article on the Brewery a few years back. However, I think at the time Rich said it was a Brewery Iggy/Stooges poster. I assumed Rich were homing in on it, so I butted out, which is what I normally do/did when somebody mentions something to me and they are still “working on it.” I wonder what became of that poster, Rich? Rich also told me about some other Brewery posters that were on display for a short while at East Lansing’s Flat, Black & Circular record store. Because Rich said he was not in pursuit of these posters, I was able to acquire seven Brewery posters, six of them I did not have. Two of the posters were badly wrinkled from a poor mounting job, so I sent them to a reputable poster restoration house in Brooklyn, NY. Of course, shortly after receiving them, the restorer went belly-up and it took me a year of pleading to get them back. The posters were indeed restored (nicely) when returned, thankfully. And yes, in hindsight, The Brewery did do a lot of very effective print advertising, especially in The State News, Michigan State University’s campus newspaper. Among other ad placements, Brewery co-owner Paul Kacer and Terry O’Connor somehow came up with the brainy idea of running vertical 2”-wide one column ads (white Brewery-logo typeface on distinctive black background) that ran the entire margin of a page. These ads absolutely popped off the newsprint. Also, in our conversation, I said that word-of-mouth was the most effective form of advertising for the Brewery once it hit full steam but Kacer never relented on covering all his bases through print and radio. I just wish he had let O’Connor create more posters with bigger press runs. Paul didn’t realize how significant these posters were and that it would have cost only a fraction more to print 200-500 posters instead of a paltry 50-100. No one is brilliant across-the-board. After their three-year Brewery stint, two of the three Brewery owners, Paul Kacer and Bruce Wahlin returned to their “straight” restaurant business roots for the rest of their careers, where they were quite successful (again). Pre-Brewery, they had been partners in the very profitable Grand River IHOP and not-so-profitable Stables bar/restaurant operations across the street. Then post-Brewery, they created the Pantree breakfast-centric restaurant in the old East Lansing post office building on Abbot (now Dublin Square Irish Pub) and at a second location in Ann Arbor on Liberty Street, before finally going their separate ways out-of-state. The third Brewery partner was Rick Becker, who bought out Kacer and Wahlin in April 1975 and repurposed The Brewery as the Silver Dollar bar, which ran for 20 years. The building was demolished by 2000, replaced by a bagel store. Dave DiMartino and I split The State News concert review scene in 1973-74. Dave would go on to be editor of CREEM magazine and has been a legendary music writer for decades. I also made writing my career after I left East Lansing but not in the entertainment field. I gravitated to public relations, advertising, and training instead. It was daunting to cover all the great acts that came through East Lansing on a weekly basis while I was at MSU. DiMartino covered most of the big venue rock gigs and did the record reviews, while I covered most of the blues, jazz, and folk acts, as well as the exploding bar scene. The Brewery alone usually brought in one to two name bands a week. I wound up having an “On Tap” column at The State News and moonlighted at the Lansing State Journal, supplying local entertainment coverage. Sonny Terry (harp) & Brownie McGhee were the two bluesmen I couldn’t remember when talking about East Lansing’s Alley Eye bar.
Lansing State Journal reporters Nate Atkins and Phil Friend react to Wednesday's recruiting news, with Rayshaun Benny flipping from Michigan State to Michigan and the Spartans getting a commitment and signature from Keon Coleman. Then, they discuss the five transfer players Mel Tucker has brought into the program - QB Anthony Russo, RBs Kenneth Walker and Harold Joyner, OL Jarrett Horst and DE Drew Jordan. That's followed by a discussion on the 2021 class as a whole, which under-the-radar players they like, position analysis and their favorite players. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Michigan State men's basketball team has been on a break - two weeks now - due to COVID-19 issues. And it'll be another week before the Spartans play again. But the podcast doesn't take a break, as Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press beat writer Chirs Solari talk about the layoff, what the Big Ten schedule might look like going forward, assess if the Spartans' resume is good enough for the NCAA tournament and then talk a little gambling to end the podcast, as legal online betting begins Friday in Michigan. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
With the MSU men's basketball team four days removed from a stunning loss to Purdue and two days out from a road game against No. 8 Iowa, now's the time to evaluate where exactly the program this season. Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch discuss what's gone well and what's gone poorly as MSU currently sits 8-4 overall, and 2-4 in the Big Ten. Can the Spartans make a run in the Big Ten? Will they even make the NCAA tournament? Plus, they talk about Alabama's national title win over Ohio State, and where exactly MSU and the rest of the nation fall in the pecking order of college football. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The last time Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari recorded, MSU was 0-3 in the Big Ten. But things have changed - the Spartans upended Nebraska on Saturday and then topped No. 14 Rutgers on Tuesday. They break it all down, including discussions on Aaron Henry, AJ Hoggard, Rocket Watts and the post players, followed by a preview of Friday's Purdue game. Then we end the podcast discussing Tre'Von Morgan's decision to leave MSU football and enter the transfer portal. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are back in your ears after witnessing the Spartan basketball team's worst performance in quite some time in Monday's loss to Minnesota. They're here to break down what went wrong and potential solutions. Then, they switch to football and discuss the incoming transfer of Duke defensive end Drew Jordan and QB Rocky Lombardi's departure to Northern Illinois (40:40). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Michigan State football team saw an alarming amount of roster turnover the past four days, and Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are here to break it all down. This week's topics: MSU football player departures/arrivals, including starting QB Rocky Lombardi MSU decides not to play in bowl game Men's hoops gets upset by Northwestern on Sunday - an aberration or a sign of trouble? Wisconsin preview and prediction Film breakdown of transfer QB Anthony Russo and 4-star LB Ma'a Gaoteote with Nate Atkins Big Ten bowl picks See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A lot has happened within the Michigan State football program since we last convened: players leaving the program, declaring for the draft and, of course, national signing day for college football. Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are here to break it all down. Topics: QB Anthony Russo transfers in from Temple 4-star Ma'a Gaoteote flips from USC to MSU Breakdown of 2021 class, including what happens with the commits who did not sign: Rayshaun Benny, Audric Estime and Geno VanDeMark Shakur Brown and Naquan Jones declare for NFL draft Chris Jackson no longer with the team Payton Thorne named starting QB Predictions for MSU football vs. Maryland and hoops vs. Northwestern Then, Phil Friend is joined by Nate Atkins for a deep dive on MSU's QB recruit in the 2021 class, Hampton Fay, including clips of Nate's interview with the Texan. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this episode of Murderous Minors, we look at the crimes of confessed serial rapist and murderer Brent Koster, paroled after 5 decades in prison, who will be released from custody in Michigan on January 21, 2021. Serial killers Danny Arthur Ranes, Koster’s accomplice, and his brother Larry Lee Ranes, aka Monk Steppenwolf are also detailed. This episode is brought to you by BEST FIENDSMusic:We Talk of Dreamswww.bensounds.comSources:Brent Koster transcript of September 10, 2020 Public Hearing https://www.scribd.com/document/482137968/Brent-Koster-Transcript#from_embedJohn Agar, MLive. “Family of WMU student slain in1972 awaits killer’s parole ruling.” October 29, 2020. https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2020/10/family-of-wmu-student-slain-in-1972-awaits-killers-parole-ruling.htmlMike Kravcik, WWMT. “Kalamzoo man who as a teen killed 3 women in the 1970s is up for parole.” October 29, 2020. https://wwmt.com/news/i-team/kalamazoo-man-who-as-a-teen-killed-3-women-in-the-1970s-is-up-for-paroleJohn Agar, MLive. “‘Sick to my stomach:’ Man who killed 3 young women in 1972 to go free.” November 21, 2020. https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2020/11/sick-to-my-stomach-man-who-killed-3-young-women-in-1972-to-go-free.html“Bodies found in car.” The News-Palladium, July 19, 1972. https://www.newspapers.com/image/365044766/?terms=Claudia%20Bidstrup&match=1“Seek Chicago clues in double slaying.” The News-Palladium. 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On this week's podcast, host Phil Friend is joined by Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and LSJ sports storyteller Nate Atkins. This week's topics: MSU's basketball game with Virginia postponed (0:28) Big Ten adjusts 7-game rule to put Ohio State in championship game (12:45) Preview hoops game vs. Oakland on Sunday (28:28) Who starts at QB: Rocky Lombardi or Payton Thorne (32:40) Predictions for weekend games (42:08) Discussion with Nate Atkins on the three position groups MSU needs to shore up to compete with the Ohio States of the world (46:40) Nate and Phil make their Big Ten picks (1:10:28) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Michigan State basketball team showed that perhaps its No. 12 preseason ranking and fourth-place Big Ten prediction might be a little off after the Spartans rolled into Durham and beat No. 6 Duke on Tuesday night. Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari discuss the fall out from that win (1:51), move on to MSU football's game Saturday against Ohio State, which is in some limbo due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Columbus (30:42) and make their predictions for each MSU game this weekend (47:04). Host Phil Friend is then joined by the LSJ's Nate Atkins to break down how MSU's run game was so successful against Northwestern and how to carry that over to Ohio State (53:39) and then make their B1G picks (1:13 36). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch wrap up a big day for Michigan State, recapping the football team's 29-20 upset of No. 13 Northwestern and the 12th-ranked basketball team's 80-70 win over Notre Dame. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari gear up for a busy month of simultaneous Spartan football and basketball action, with Tom Izzo's squad starting its season Wednesday against Eastern Michigan. We give a position-by-position breakdown of the team, including discussion on Rocket Watts/Foster Loyer/Joshua Langford, the "5" position, Joey Hauser and Aaron Henry, along with this week's upcoming games against EMU and Notre Dame. Then, we move on to the football team, which faces a very tough task Saturday against No. 13 Northwestern, and no sign of who might start at quarterback for the Spartans. Then we make our picks for this week's contests. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We've got a power-packed podcast this week with Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal sportswriters Graham Couch, Nate Atkins and Phil Friend. In the first part with Graham and Chris, discussion topics include: MSU football's game vs. Maryland is canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak for the Terrapins MSU basketball's nonconference and Big Ten slate, including a Christmas Day game against Wisconsin Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston are selected in the NBA draft Rocky Lombardi or Payton Thorne at quarterback In the second part, Nate and Phil: Break down Thorne's performance against Indiana after coming on for Lombardi Target potential QBs in the transfer portal Make their Big Ten picks See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lansing State Journal sportswriter Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Graham Couch deliver the postmortem following the Spartans' 24-0 loss to Indiana on Saturday. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lansing State Journal sportswriters Nate Atkins and Phil Friend break down how Iowa won last week's game in the trenches vs. Michigan State. And then they move on to the upcoming Indiana game and how MSU's offense can attack IU, and how the Spartans can slow down the Hoosiers' high-flying offense. Indiana QB Michael Penix had his breakout game last year vs. MSU. Can the Spartans prevent a similar level of play this year? And they end with their Big Ten picks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari avoided a tongue-lashing from Mel Tucker following the Spartans' loss to Iowa, so they're here to provide their insight on: Tom Izzo diagnosed with COVID-19 Basketball National Signing Day is Wednesday MSU football lands four commits between Sunday and Tuesday What the hell happened vs. Iowa Indiana preview and predictions See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari break down the Spartans' 49-7 loss to Iowa in Iowa City on Saturday afternoon. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lansing State Journal sports reporters Nate Atkins and Phil Friend offered a few ideas on how Michigan State could beat Michigan last week. We'll talk about that and whether we were right on those. We then move on to the upcoming Iowa game and analyze what Northwestern saw in running 60 times vs. the Hawkeyes, and what we can expect from Iowa's offense and quarterback Spencer Petras. We end with our Big Ten picks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
More than 72 hours have passed since Michigan State's win over Michigan to claim the Paul Bunyan Trophy, but Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari still have plenty to say about the Spartans' stunning performance. After 50-plus minutes of that, we preview Saturday's game vs. Iowa and make predictions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Lansing State Journal's Nate Atkins and Phil Friend head to the film room to dissect what they saw in Michigan State and Michigan's Week 1 contests. We start with a look at how disruptive the Wolverines' defense was vs. Minnesota, and the concerns MSU's offense should have in generating yards and points. But we do come up with a few solutions! Then we discuss how MSU's 4-2-5 defense looked vs. Rutgers and what it'll need to do to slow down's Michigan offense and QB Joe Milton, which put up plenty of yards and points vs. a Golden Gophers team that had big expectations this year. And then, it's on to the Big Ten picks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1) View From Section 17: How bad is Michigan State? 2) Visitors Segment: Graham Couch from The Lansing State Journal joins me to preview Saturday's huge rivalry game 3) Quick Hits: Game day notes Website: www.themichiganmanpodcast.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org