In a Michigan courtroom on Friday, after self-proclaimed distraught dad Randall Margraves was denied by the presiding judge in the case against USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to have five minutes alone with the “demon” that sexually abused his three daughters, Margraves simply told the judge “Well, I’m going to have to,” and charged at Nassar, according to CNN. Margraves didn’t get too far though and was stopped and tackled by courtroom security and remained pinned to the floor until he was ultimately escorted out of the courtroom (see the video below.) Although some commenting on Margraves’ actions feel that violence should not beget violence, others – especially parents – are not only voicing their overwhelming support for Margraves’ actions but coughing up some serious coin just in case he needs any financial legal support.
As of this writing, a GoFundMe page established in Margraves’ name by a friend and co-worker, is trending. The page only had a goal of collecting $1,000; but over the last 22 hours has collected more than $31,000. The original text on the page simply reads:
Please help support Randall Margraves.
This is the official Go Fund Me page to help a brother and friend in need.
Supporters of Margraves, most of whom have never met the man, are voicing their support across the web and on social media. Celebrities like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson also sent well-wishes. Johnson tweeted, “We all understand this father’s action. Nassar’s punishment will go far beyond sentencing. Behind bars, he’ll soon know what hell means. He’ll be well taken care of.”
Most supporters were also hoping that Margraves wouldn’t have to have any legal penalties for his unsuccessful charge at the man who sexually assaulted his three girls.
Later on the same day that Margraves went after Nassar, he was back in court apologizing for his actions. Fox News reports that during his apology, Margraves told the judge that he “lost his cool.”
“I came here in support of my daughters … I’m not here to upstage [them],” Margraves said. “I’m here to help them heal.” Judge Janice Cunningham told Margraves that she could charge him with contempt, but added that she had decided against that option.
“I don’t know what it would be like to stand there as a father and know that three of your girls were injured physically and emotionally by somebody sitting in a courtroom. I can’t imagine that,” the judge said. ~ per The Chicago Tribune
Last week, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years behind bars after more than 150 women and girls testified in court that he sexually abused them over the past twenty years, according to CNN.