Flashback 8/23/12: David Berkoff’s Smoking-Gun 2010 Email on USA Swimming’s Widespread Knowledge of Coach Rick Curl’s Sexual Abuse

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EXCLUSIVE: Full Text of 2010 Email Confirms That USA Swimming Board Member David Berkoff Noted Widespread Knowledge of Coach Rick Curl’s Sexual Abuse

Published August 23rd, 2012

“Denying knowledge of Rick Curl, Mitch Ivey and others banging their swimmers! It’s a flat out lie. They knew about it because we (coaches and athletes) were all talking about it in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s. I was told by several of Mitch Ivey’s swimmers that he was sleeping with Lisa Dorman in 1988. I heard the whole Suzette Moran story from Pablo Morales over a handful of beers and nearly threw up. I was told Rick Curl was molesting Kelly Davies for years starting when she was 12 by some of the Texas guys. That was the entire reason I formed the abuse subcommittee. I was sick and tired of this crap. No one was standing up. No one was willing to take on these perverts.”

We now can eliminate the redactions from previous publications by this blog of the quote above. ConcussionInc.net has acquired, from recipient Jeff Chida, the unexpurgated email of July 26, 2010, in which celebrated ex-swimmer David Berkoff – once and soon to be returning member of the USA Swimming board of directors – spoke explicitly of his and others’ knowledge of Rick Curl’s abuse of Kelley Davies.

Whatever Berkoff knew or said in 2010 is no longer left to our imaginations.

Following last month’s publication by The Washington Post of the non-disclosure agreement between Curl and the family of Kelley Davies (now Kelley Currin), by which Curl paid $150,000 in return for their silence, which lasted for two decades, USA Swimming says Curl is on “provisional suspension.” An “emergency hearing” by its disciplinary board, originally scheduled during the Olympics, is currently set for September 19.

As I did on August 10, I list below the entire board of directors roster of USA Swimming. David Berkoff, author of the smoking-gun document regarding Rick Curl, does not respond to my faxes, emails, or voicemail messages. It is time to start asking Berkoff’s board colleagues what they knew and when they knew it.

The full exchange between Berkoff and Chida is viewable at http://muchnick.net/berkoffchidaexchange.pdf. Later in the exchange, Berkoff observes, “Wow, perjury is still a crime in California, correct?”

 

Irv Muchnick

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PRESIDENT
Bruce Stratton

ADMINISTRATION VICE PRESIDENT
Mary Jo Swalley

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT VICE PRESIDENT
Jeff Gudman

PROGRAM OPERATIONS VICE PRESIDENT
Jim Sheehan

TECHNICAL VICE PRESIDENT
David Berkoff

ATHLETE’S VICE PRESIDENT
Tyler Storie

ATHLETE’S EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIR
Tim Liebhold

TREASURER
Tom Hasz

SECRETARY & GENERAL COUNSEL
John R. Morse

CENTRAL ZONE DIRECTORS
Paul Thompson (non-coach)
Dave Anderson (coach)

EASTERN ZONE DIRECTORS
Paris Jacobs (non-coach)
Marci Callan (coach)

SOUTHERN ZONE DIRECTORS
Jay Thomas (non-coach)
Tim Bauer (coach)

WESTERN ZONE DIRECTORS
Robert Broyles (non-coach)
Brandon Drawz (coach)

OLYMPIC INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS COMMITTEE (OIOC)
Michael Lawrence

ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVES
Diana Munz DePetro
Patrick Dideum
Megan Ryther

NCAA ALLIED REPRESENTATIVE
Anthony Holman

YMCA ALLIED REPRESENTATIVE
Jim Ryan

EX-OFFICIO – Past President
Jim Wood

EX-OFFICIO – Past President
Ron Van Pool

EX-OFFICIO – Past President
Dale Neuburger

EX-OFFICIO – Past President
Carol Zaleski

EX-OFFICIO – Past President
Bill Maxson

EX-OFFICIO – Masters Swimming
Ted Haartz

EX-OFFICIO – ASCA Representative
Richard Shoulberg

EX-OFFICIO – USOC AAC Representative
Kalyn Keller

EX-OFFICIO
Aaron Peirsol

EX-OFFICIO – USOC AAC Alternate Rep.
Neil Walker

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