Tokyo Olympic hopeful Riley McCusker has filed a lawsuit against her former coach Maggie Haney. Haney, who previously coached Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, was suspended for 8 years by USA Gymnastics in April of 2020 after a panel found she had emotionally and verbally abused gymnasts. In the lawsuit filed in late October, McCusker alleges Haney forced her to train on a fractured hip; multiple foot fractures; a torn shoulder ligament; and to continue “strenuous training” while suffering from exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis, a potentially life threatening condition effecting the kidneys. Additionally, McCusker accuses Haney and assistant coach Victoria Levine, of body of shaming; promotion of unhealthy eating habits; promotion of unhealthy weight loss habits; promotion of amenorrhea; bullying; shaming of gymnasts, including plaintiff, in front of other gymnasts; and repeated belittling of gymnasts.
To read the official complaint click the link below (addresses and birth dates have been redacted).