PORTLAND, Ore. — Distance runner Mary Cain, whose profession fizzled after what she has known as 4 depressing years on the Nike Oregon Challenge, has filed a $20 million lawsuit towards her former coach, Alberto Salazar, and their employer, Nike.
Cain accused Salazar of emotionally abusing her when she joined the group in 2012 at age 16, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. The lawsuit portrays Salazar as an indignant management freak who was obsessive about Cain’s weight and publicly humiliated her about it.
Nike didn’t return messages from the newspaper searching for remark. Salazar couldn’t be reached however has beforehand denied abuse allegations, and has stated neither Cain nor her mother and father raised issues whereas she was a part of this system.
Cain went to her mother and father for help and alleges Salazar finally uninterested in the parental interference. By 2019, Cain says she was depressed, had an consuming dysfunction, generalized nervousness and was reducing herself.
“Nike was letting Alberto weight-shame women, objectify their bodies, and ignore their health and wellbeing as part of its culture,” said Kristen West McCall, a Portland lawyer representing Cain. “This was a systemic and pervasive issue. And they did it for their own gratification and profit.”
In 2019, Cain advised The New York Instances in a video essay that she was emotionally and bodily abused whereas in this system. Nike on the time known as the allegations deeply troubling and stated it might look into them.
Salazar helped discovered the Nike Oregon Challenge to make American distance runners aggressive with the remainder of the world.
The Nike Oregon Challenge was disbanded in 2019 after the U.S. Anti-Doping Company accused Salazar of three violations. The company banned him from the game for 4 years.
Salazar appealed to the Court docket for Arbitration for Sport. Final month, the courtroom upheld Salazar’s four-year ban from the game and a few of USADA’s findings. It dominated that Salazar tried an “intentional and orchestrated scheme to mislead” anti-doping investigators when he tampered with proof.