By Irvin Muchnick
A letter campaign to USA Swimming by one or more parents is calling for an investigation of Brandon Drawz’s membership and fitness for board and leadership positions, following a series of articles at Concussion Inc. on both Drawz’s arrest record and his shady business dealings.
The letter is being addressed to Olympic team head swimming coach Frank Busch, USA Swimming chief executive Chuck Wielgus, and the organization’s director of safe sport, Susan Woessner. The copy I received was unsigned and postmarked Charlotte, North Carolina.
Attached to the letter was a printout of Drawz’s incarceration record from Indianapolis in 2007 on charges of domestic violence, public intoxication, resisting law enforcement, and battery with injury.
In the next post we’ll publish the full text of the complaint letter to swimming. Tomorrow we’ll upload the facsimile of the Drawz arrest document. We also will report any response we receive from our emails sent to Busch, Wielgus, Woessner, USA Swimming public relations head Scott Leightman, and Drawz himself.
As shown in the headline links below, on April 20 we reported that Drawz had been fired as executive director at the prestigious Charlotte-based SwimMAC program. Swimming news sites would confirm our report two weeks later. We also began chronicling his 2007 arrest, as well as his tenure, starting in 2011, as a board member and then chief operating officer of a Ponzi-scheme company called the National Swimming Center Corporation (NCCC). Two other NCCC principals, Fred Yeo and Andy Sarwal, are in federal prison for bank fraud.
The parents’ letter to USA Swimming states: “Someone like this as a member of the USA Swimming Board puts into question the systems in place that are designed to keep the sport safe.”
The letter-writer also says, “I am stunned that USA Swimming would permit the membership, much less the elevation to Board leadership, of someone that wouldn’t pass the background check outlined by your own jurisdiction, Safe Sport!”