Athlete Mary Kane sues Nike and her ex-coach for mistreatment

La Atleta Mary Kane.

American long-distance runner Mary Cain, whose career failed after what he described as four miserable years at the Nike Oregon Project, made a $20 million lawsuit (17.3 million euros) Against his former coach Alberto Salazar and his employer Nike. Cain accused Salazar They emotionally abuse her The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that when he joined the team in 2012 at the age of 16. The lawsuit describes Salazar as an angry control freak who was obsessed with Cain’s weight and publicly insulted her for it. This affected his physical and mental health, he said. Nike was aware, but did not interfereas orderd.

Nike did not respond to press messages seeking comment. Salazar could not be reached, but she previously denied the abuse allegations and said that neither Cain nor her parents voiced concerns while on the show.

In the lawsuit filed Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Keane alleges that Salazar repeatedly asked her to stand on a scale in front of others and later criticized her. Athlete Salazar also denounced watching over Cain’s food. He said that sometimes he was so hungry that he stole energy bars from his teammates. Cain, 25, turned to his parents for support, claiming that Salazar had finally grown tired of the parents’ interference. For 2019, Cain says so He was depressed, had an eating disorder, generalized anxiety, and was hurt. “Nike was allowing Alberto to embarrass women, personify their bodies and ignore their health and well-being as part of their culture,” said Kristen West McCall, a Portland attorney who represents Kane. “This was a systematic and widespread problem. They did it for their own satisfaction and interest.” In 2019, Cain told the New York Times in a video article that she was psychologically and physically abused during her show. Nike at the time described the allegations as deeply disturbing and said it would investigate them.

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Salazar helped found the Nike Oregon Project to make American distance runners competitive with the rest of the world. The Nike Oregon project was disbanded in 2019 after that The US Anti-Doping Agency has charged Salazar with three violations. The agency contested him from the sport for four years and Salazar appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Last month, the court upheld Salazar’s four-year ban from exercise and some findings by the US Agency for International Development. It stated that Salazar had attempted a “deliberate and coordinated scheme with the sole aim of ‘misleading'” anti-doping investigators when he tampered with evidence.

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