Archive for July, 2013

Banned Virginia Coach Michael Pliuskaitis Continues to Plot Unique Challenge to USA Swimming

Published July 18th, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Three weeks ago I reported on Virginia coach Michael Pliuskaitis, who was banned by USA Swimming for sexual misconduct, yet forges on, unauthorized, with his private club. He is appealing to the U.S. Olympic Committee the findings of swimming’s National Board of Review. See “EXCLUSIVE: Banned Virginia Swim Coach Michael Pliuskaitis […]

United States Masters Swimming: Where Old Perverts Make Soft Landings

Published July 16th, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Whenever Congressman George Miller and his colleagues get down to brass tacks in investigating the coach sex abuse pandemic, they will find out that protecting the youth swimmers of America from the calculatedly porous oversight of USA Swimming is just part of the problem. John Leonard, head of the American Swimming […]

‘Doe v. Muchnick’ Lawsuit Settlement

Published July 15th, 2013, Uncategorized

Below is the text of the consent order entered today in U.S. District Court in Maryland.   Minor Plaintiff, John Doe, through his parents, James and Jane Doe (collectively referred to as “Plaintiff”), and his counsel, Anne T. McKenna and Andrew C. White, filed the above-captioned lawsuit against Defendants, Irvin Muchnick and Concussion, Inc. (“Defendants”). […]

Meet the New USA Swimming National Board of Review Chair — Worse Than the Old USA Swimming National Board of Review Chair

Published July 14th, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Somewhat obliquely and incompletely, a swimming news site has suggested a portion of the credit to Concussion Inc. for the resignation of Jill Chasson, chair of USA Swimming’s National Board of Review, which hears administrative charges of sexual misconduct by coaches. And it is certainly true that we have reported that […]

More Coverage of USA Swimming, in Lockstep With Catholic Church, Lobbying Against California Sex-Abuse Legislation

Published July 14th, 2013, Uncategorized

Scott Reid of the Orange County Register quotes State Senator Jim Beall, sponsor of SB 131, on the implications of USA Swimming’s hire of super-lobbyist Nielsen Merkshamer: “I would suspect that (USA Swimming’s) interest is from a concern that there may be some cases in which they’re culpable. There’s definitely smoke there that there’s a […]