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February 14, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Submitted by Shirlee M. Bobryk, legal counsel for MSU Head
Coach, Kathie Klages.

Like many others, MSU Gymnastics Coach, Kathie Klages, is deeply disturbed by the
recent allegations and lawsuits brought against Dr. Larry Nassar, Michigan State
University, and others. Although she is not a named defendant in any lawsuit, she is
extremely distressed by the accusations that have been made about her creating any
sort of impediment to gymnasts reporting complaints of criminal sexual conduct or
sexually inappropriate behavior.
Kathie Klages has proudly coached MSU gymnastics for 27 years. The MSU
gymnastics team members and coaching staff have been her top priority for her entire
career. She would never do anything to put any of them in harms way. Dr. Nassar was
trusted by Ms. Klages to competently and ethically treat her team members. Had she
ever received any information to cast doubt on the appropriateness of that trust in Dr.
Nassar, she would have reacted immediately to protect her gymnasts.
Ms. Klages has and will continue to cooperate fully in all ongoing investigations and
lawsuits. At the advice of legal counsel, she will not comment further on the specific
allegations of the complaints so as not to interfere with the legal process. However, Ms.
Klages looks forward to being able to testify under oath and fully answer all questions
that relate to any involvement she is alleged to have had in the situation.
The underlying accusations involving Ms. Klages have been a serious distraction to her
professional responsibilities and detrimental to her overall well-being. Her recent
suspension as head coach is a consequence of that. Out of respect to the University
and the gymnastics program in particular, Ms. Klages believes it is in everyones best
interests for her to retire from her current position at MSU. She has the utmost
confidence in Mike Rowes ability to serve as interim head coach of the gymnastics
Shirlee M. Bobryk
White Schneider PC
2300 Jolly Oak Road
Okemos, MI 48864

White Schneider PC