Archive for May, 2018

U.S. Center for SafeSport’s Sandbagging of Abuse Complainant Sarah Ehekircher by Legal Affairs Director Michael Henry Should Blow Up This New Agency Without Further Ado

Published May 31st, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick Who is Michael Henry, the director of legal affairs for the U.S. Center for SafeSport? And why did he — in violation of every consensus principle of how the beginning of sexual abuse investigations should be conducted — personally insert himself, under false pretenses, into Sarah Ehekircher’s first face-to-face meeting with her center […]

U.S. Center for SafeSport Cons Sarah Ehekircher Into Meeting With Its Top Lawyer — Uses Other Despicable Tactics Straight Out of the Old USA Swimming Revictimization Playbook

Published May 29th, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   As the U.S. Center for SafeSport opened operations, there was disagreement among people of good will as to whether it would be effective or sufficiently resourced or fully independent of the U.S. Olympic Committee and its national sport governing bodies. I don’t think anyone, however, thought the center was in line […]

Does Existing Law Give USOC the Authority It Needs to Root Out Sexual Abuse? Champion Women’s Nancy Hogshead-Makar Says ‘Yes’

Published May 28th, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   One of the legislative debate fault lines in the wake of the passage of the SafeSport Act is whether the U.S. Olympic Committee now has all the necessary tools for holding USA Swimming and other national sport governing bodies (NGBs) to heel. Nancy Hogshead-Makar, 1984 swimming gold medalist and now CEO […]

Yesterday’s House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing on Olympic Sports Body Abuse Accomplished Somewhere Between Little and Nothing

Published May 24th, 2018, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight and investigations subcommittee held its hearing yesterday in which the leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Swimming, and others were called on the carpet. The hearing was a dud. The CEO of the USOC, Susanne Lyons, walked back some previous positions on the […]

Ireland’s Broadsheet: ‘Opening an Investigation Into George Gibney’

Published May 24th, 2018, Uncategorized

Opening An Investigation Into George Gibney