Archive for April, 2018

Sarah Ehekircher’s Statement on Her Groomer/Abuser Scott MacFarland’s Removal From the Magnolia Aquatic Club

Published April 25th, 2018, Uncategorized

As noted here yesterday, James Scott MacFarland is definitively out at the Magnolia Aquatic Team outside Houston. Coach-blogger Chris DeSantis wrote on Twitter:   “Scott MacFarland has been removed from the Magnolia Aquatic Club site without explanation. Rumors circulating that he hasn’t been on deck since @irvmuch broke the story and that a resignation followed […]

Scott MacFarland, Sarah Ehekircher’s Groomer-Abuser, Disappears From Website of Houston’s Magnolia Aquatic Club

Published April 24th, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   James Scott MacFarland, the coach whose grooming and abuse of then 17-year-old Sarah Ehekircher in the 1980s has led to a reopened investigation by the new U.S. Center for SafeSport, a meeting next week between Ehekircher and USA Swimming chief Tim Hinchey, and the interest of Colorado congresswoman Diana DeGette, has […]

Chris DeSantis on Sarah Ehekircher’s Upcoming Meeting With USA Swimming Chief Tim Hinchey

Published April 24th, 2018, Uncategorized

“Pretty much everyone can agree on one thing: Tim Hinchey inherited a mess, from his predecessor Chuck Wielgus. The hubris of USA Swimming’s former director meant that nearly all the problems the governing body needed to deal with in regards to abuse, sexual and otherwise, among its ranks, were papered over.  Since starting, Hinchey has […]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Calls Bruno Sammartino ‘One of Promoter Sam Muchnick’s Biggest Draws.’ Huh?

Published April 24th, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   The tributes to pro wrestling icon Bruno Sammartino included a bizarre editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch under the headline “Death of a ‘face’.” (Though most material at the newspaper’s website,, is behind a paywall, readers can work around it through Google links, by using such search terms as “sammartino […]

New SafeSport Center Probes Vague Charge Against Scott MacFarland; Abuse Victim Sarah Ehekircher Expresses Skepticism — Also Is Meeting With Congresswoman and USA Swimming Chief

Published April 22nd, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   The new U.S. Center for SafeSport has notified Sarah Ehekircher, victim of grooming and abuse by her swimming coach Scott MacFarland, that it will be interviewing her. But Ehekircher is saying the Center’s investigation is unsatisfactory because it involves the most narrow possible interpretation of her complaint. Ehekircher gave Concussion Inc. […]