Runner Mary Cain sues former coach, Nike over alleged abuse


EUGENE, OR – JULY 24: Mary Cain of the U.S. runs during the 3000m final during day three of the IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field on July 24, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Distance runner Mary Cain, whose career fizzled after what she called four miserable years at the Nike Oregon Project, has filed a $20 million lawsuit against her former coach, Alberto Salazar, and their employer, Nike.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Cain accused Salazar of emotionally abusing her when she joined the team at age 16.

The lawsuit portrays Salazar as an angry control freak who was obsessed with Cain’s weight and publicly humiliated her about it.

Salazar couldn’t be reached for comment but has previously denied abuse allegations.

Nike did not return messages from the newspaper seeking comment.

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