Sen. Stabenow: Give me ‘five minutes’ with Larry Nassar

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP/WLNS) – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says it’s too bad that court officers stopped a Michigan man from punching disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Stabenow says she “would have liked five minutes” with Nassar, a reference to what Randy Margraves told a judge last week before sheriff’s deputies stopped him from rushing at the serial sexual abuser.

Margraves’ three daughters are among the many women and girls who have said they were abused by Nassar.

Stabenow says, “I only wish that the security had been a little slower in constraining him ’til he could have gotten a couple of punches out.” The Michigan Democrat made her comments Wednesday during a news conference.

Nassar worked at Michigan State University and was team doctor for female Olympic gymnasts. He’s been sentenced to decades in prison for sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

A GoFundMe account for the Margraves was set up and $31,311 was raised.

Randy Margraves, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, says he will not accept the funds.

“At the time of the incident, I didn’t know that the great brotherhood had done this, and I was overcome with gratitude when I found out. I appreciate everyone stepping up to support me, but help is not needed for me. After giving people the chance to get a refund, the donations will go to organizations that help the sisterhood of survivors and other victims of abuse.”

According to an IBEW spokesperson, after March 9, any remaining funds in the account will be donated to local charities like Small Talk, RAVE, and the Firecracker Foundation.