Former Twistars owner John Geddert faces second suspension in Nassar fallout


Another suspension has been added next to John Geddert’s name, as investigators continue to look into claims that he physically abused athletes at his popular mid-Michigan gym, Twistars.

Geddert was the head coach of the USA Gymnastics team during the 2012 Olympics, where he led the “Fierce Five” to team gold.

The former coach has now been suspended by the U.S. Center for Safe Sport.

Officials with the organization are being tight-lipped about the details surrounding this latest suspension, but we do know, it’s at this point, only temporary while investigators look into allegations of misconduct.

This latest move adds to the list of claims the former coach is currently accused of.

He was also suspended from USA Gymnastics earlier this year, after its leaders said he violated the organization’s Safe Sport policies.

One day later, Geddert sent a letter to members of the Twistars gym and their families, saying he’s retiring.

On August 27th, the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, an independent non-profit that oversees USAG and 48 other national governing bodies, also issued a suspension for allegations of misconduct.

While both organizations declined to comment on the specifics, both confirm Geddert’s suspensions.

USA Gymnastics has said if anyone believes Geddert is violating the terms of his suspensions, which includes being active in USAG sanctioned events, they should “contact the U.S. Center for Safe Sport with the information and details.”

6 News talked with several parents of current and former Twistars gymnasts who said they’ve done that.

Some of them shared the details of their complaints with us, which reveal allegations of physical abuse, harassment, and stalking. Out of fear of retaliation, they asked to remain anonymous.

“John Geddert harassed and stalked my family still to this day,” one parent of a gymnast said. “How much more has to happen before Safe Sport and USAG ban the Geddert’s and quit allowing their gym to host meets?”

She continued: “How many girls need to stand up in court on public television and describe the physical and mental abuse that most often ended their gymnastics career and took away their love for the sport? Enough is enough. Its time to prove that Safe Sport is here to cause change.”

Another parent with close ties to Twistars said Geddert has reached out to people in the community in an effort to recruit employees for the gym, which is now owned by his wife, Kathryn Geddert. 

“This is my annual search for gymnastics coaches…let me know if you are interested as I am looking at past Twistars athletes that are still in the area that might be interested in coaching/Teaching gymnastics? If you are Interested please message me or call,” the Facebook message reads. 

6 News reached out to Geddert’s attorney several times for comment on this story but did not hear back.

Through lawsuits brought by more than 300 women who were sexually abused by former MSU doctor Larry Nassar, Geddert has denied allegations that he turned a blind eye at the abuse.

The U.S. Center for Safe Sport said its priority is athlete safety and well-being.

“Since opening our doors last year, we have received over 1,300 reports, issued nearly 300 sanctions, and made more than 160 individuals permanently ineligible across the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements.”

As of June of this year, the organization said it currently has 411 “open matters.”

In addition to being sued by hundreds of women sexually abused by former MSU doctor, Larry Nassar.

Geddert is also being criminally investigated by the Eaton County Sheriff’s office for claims of physical child abuse.

That investigation was launched earlier this year and is still underway.

6 News reached out to Geddert’s attorney for comment on this story, but did not hear back.

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