Simone Biles out of the running for Game Changer of 2018 People’s Choice Award

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Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is one of 12 athletes who were nominated for the Game Changer of 2018 Award in the People’s Choice Awards. However, the 21-year-old Columbus, Ohio native has not been voted as one of the five finalists for the award.

The broadcast of the People’s Choice Awards is scheduled to air live on E! on Sunday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. You can vote on who should receive this award up to 25 times per day, and you can do so here.

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, NFL quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Nick Foles, NASCAR and IndyCar driver Danica Patrick, NBA small forwards Kevin Durant and LeBron James, WWE wrestler Nia Jax and tennis player Serena Williams are the other 11 athletes who were nominated for this award.

In addition to Biles, six others were not voted as finalists for the award. These six athletes are Rippon, Kim, Foles, Patrick, Durant and James. The five finalists are Raisman, Ronaldo, Kaepernick, Jax and Williams.

Biles, who won five medals, including four gold medals and one bronze medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the many people who have accused 55-year-old disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician Larry Nassar of sexual assault.

Nassar is set to spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison back in December on three child pornography charges by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff.

Nassar was serving this prison sentence at United States Penitentiary, Tucson, a maximum-security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona, before his lawyers revealed that he was physically assaulted within hours of his release into the general population of the prison.

Weeks later, Nassar was transferred to the Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and he was recently transferred to United States Penitentiary, Coleman II.

United States Penitentiary, Coleman II is a high-security federal prison for male inmates that is a part of the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Coleman) and is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. It is located in central Florida roughly 50 miles northwest of Orlando, 60 miles northeast of Tampa and 35 miles south of Ocala.

In January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar to between 40 and 175 years in state prison on seven sexual assault charges following a seven-day sentencing hearing in Ingham County, Michigan during which 169 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.

Of those 169 victim impact statements, 156 were delivered by people who have accused Nassar of sexual assault and the other 13 were delivered on the behalves of those who have accused him of sexual assault.

In February, Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced Nassar between an additional 40 and 125 more years in state prison on three more sexual assault charges following a three-day sentencing hearing in Eaton County, Michigan during which 65 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.

The father of three of Nassar’s accusers attempted to attack Nassar in court during this sentencing hearing.

In June, Nassar was charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child in stemming from the Károlyi Ranch investigation in Texas, but he was not issued any additional prison time as a result of these charges.

Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 330 individuals, many of whom female gymnasts, under the guise of medical treatment for more than two decades.

In addition to Biles, among those who have accused Nassar of sexual assault are Olympic champion gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Madison KocianMcKayla MaroneyAly RaismanKyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber.


-Asher Fair