Karolyis say they were unaware of Nassar's sexual abuse

Gymnastics icons Martha and Bela Karolyi were unaware of the decades-long abusive behavior of former national team doctor Larry Nassar, the coaches said in a new interview.

Martha Karolyi, who led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics, tells NBC News that "the whole gymnastics community" could not recognize Nassar's criminal behavior.

"I heard during the testimonies (at Nassar's sentencing) that some of the parents were in the therapy room with their own child and Larry Nassar was performing this," she told Savannah Guthrie. "And the parents couldn't see. How I could see?"

She added that, "everybody said, 'Larry Nassar is a good doctor. Larry Nassar is a good guy.'"

Nassar was sentenced to hundreds of years in prison earlier this year and has been accused of sexually abusing more than 260 women and girls.

The Karolyis were named as co-defendants in civil lawsuits filed against Nassar and USA Gymnastics. Several victims, including McKayla Maroney, say they were abused at the Karolyi's Ranch near Houston.

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HUNTSVILLE, TX - JANUARY 26: Gymnast workout with their personal coaches during a morning workout session at Karolyi Ranch, which was named an Official USOC Training Site and also Hilton announcing their partership with USOC on January 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Hilton)
HUNTSVILLE, TX - JANUARY 26: Atmosphere at Karolyi Ranch on January 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Hilton)
HUNTSVILLE, TX - JANUARY 26: Bela Karolyi, owner of Karolyi Ranch, looks over he morning workout session on January 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Hilton)
HOUSTON - MAY 9: All-around world champion Shawn Johnson practices balance beam as her coach, Liang Chow, watches. The athletes and coaches come to the ranch one a month to train under Martha's watchful eye, ensuring a unity in coaching philosophy and teamwork.US national team coaches Martha and Bela Karolyi have turned their Texas ranch into the women's national training center. It is a model for how American Olympic sports are trying to create a hybrid of the centralized training systems common abroad and the decentralized system native to the US. (Photo by Mark Sappenfield/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images)
HUNTSVILLE, TX - JANUARY 26: Gymnasts line up before Martha Karolyi, white jacket left, as they conclude their moring work session at Karolyi Ranch on January 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Hilton)
HUNTSVILLE, TX - JANUARY 26: Atmosphere at Karolyi Ranch on January 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Hilton)
HUNTSVILLE, TX - JANUARY 26: Alicia Sacramone, a member of the 2008 team that won silver in Beijing works out during a morning session at the Karolyi Ranch on January 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Hilton)
HUNTSVILLE, TX - JANUARY 26: Gymnast workout with their personal coaches during a morning workout session at Karolyi Ranch, which was named an Official USOC Training Site and also Hilton announcing their partership with USOC on January 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Hilton)
HUNTSVILLE, TX - JANUARY 26: Members of the USA Gymnastics, Karolyi Ranch, City of Huntsville and Hilton take a group picture on January 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Hilton)
HUNTSVILLE, TX - JANUARY 26: Gymnast workout with their personal coaches during a morning workout session at Karolyi Ranch, which was named an Official USOC Training Site and also Hilton announcing their partership with USOC on January 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Hilton)
HUNTSVILLE, TX - JANUARY 26: Martha & Bela Karolyi display banners for their facility as Karolyi Ranch was named an official training site for USA Gymnastics on January 26, 2011 in Huntsville, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Hilton)
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The ranch served as the training home for USA Gymnastics during most of Martha Karolyi's tenure running the national team.

Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber said earlier this year that Martha Karolyi "knew what was going on every second in the gym," according to CNN.

"She knew how many routines that we did," Wieber said, according to CNN. "She knew what we were eating. She knew our treatments. So it was just, when you go there, you know that Martha is watching. Everything you're doing, she's watching."

The Karolyis said in dispositions filed last year and obtained by CNN that they didn’t know about Nassar's actions because they were not involved in the everyday operations of the ranch.

Nassar was already established in the program when Martha Karolyi took over the national team. He would visit the ranch during training sessions and also accompany the team to events around the world.

Maroney said she was abused "hundreds" of times by Nassar.

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DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Gymnast, McKayla Maroney, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - U.S. women's gymnastics 'Fierce Five' appear on 'Good Morning America,' 8/15/12, airing on the ABC Television Network. (photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) JOSH ELLIOTT, JORDYN WIEBER, GABBY DOUGLAS, MCKAYLA MARONEY, KYLA ROSS, ALY RAISMAN
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 8: McKayla Maroney competes on the balance beam during the Senior Women's competition on day two of the Visa Championships at Chaifetz Arena on June 8, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 8: McKayla Maroney gets ready to compete on the balance beam during the Senior Women's competition on day two of the Visa Championships at Chaifetz Arena on June 8, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The United States women's gymnastics team of (center podium, left to right) Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross listened to the National Anthem during victory ceremonies at North Greenwich Arena during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Gymnast McKayla Maroney poses at The Empire State Building on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Gabby Douglas of the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medal Team ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: McKayla Maroney leaves the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: (L-R) Members of the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross attend The Cinema Society with Circa and Alice & Olivia screening of 'Sparkle' After Party at the Soho Grand Hotel on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: 2012 US Women's Gymnastics Olympic Team members McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Kyla Ross pose with Tommy Lasorda (2nd from left) after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on September 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas and Alexandra Raisman arrive at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: Olympic gymnast gold and silver medalist McKayla Maroney makes an appearance to sign autographs Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney attends the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Gymnasts Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney attend the New England Patriots vs. New York Jets game at MetLife Stadium on November 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Aly Raisman, Nick Cannon and McKayla Maroney attend the Third Annual Hall of Game Awards hosted by Cartoon Network at Barker Hangar on February 9, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 09: McKayla Maroney attends the Third Annual Hall of Game Awards hosted by Cartoon Network at Barker Hangar on February 9, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: US gymnast McKayla Maroney arrives at the 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
McKayla Maroney, Long Beach, California, during the Senior Women Competition at The 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships, USA Gymnastics' National Championships at the XL, Centre, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. 15th August 2013. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
US McKayla Maroney competes on uneven bars at the 44th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp on October 2, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 05: McKayla Maroney of USA competes in the Vault Final on Day Six of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Belgium 2013 held at the Antwerp Sports Palace on October 5, 2013 in Antwerpen, Belgium. Jorge Luis Alvarez Pupo/LatinContent/Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 27: Gymnast McKayla Maroney attends the GBK & Stop Attack Pre Kids Choice Gift Lounge held at The Redbury Hotel on March 27, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for GBK Productions)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Olympic Gymnasts Dominique Dawes and Mckayla Maroney are guests on 'Good Morning America,' 8/9/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) DOMINIQUE DAWES, MCKAYLA MARONEY
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 28: McKayla Maroney attends TigerBeat's Official Teen Choice Awards Pre-Party Sponsored by NYX Professional Makeup and Rock Your Hair at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on July 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
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"That's awful," Martha Karolyi told NBC, when asked about Nassar's crimes. "But I would say even if they have big names or they have no names, any child who was violated by Nassar, it's a crime and it's so sad."

"The whole thing is just like an explosion, a bomb exploding. Boom," Bela Karolyi told Guthrie.

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