by Irvin Muchnick
Tim Joyce and I wanted to give Rachel Sturtz’s excellent article in the December issue of Outside magazine a day or two to breathe before plunging in with background and supplements from our own years of coverage of USA Swimming sexual abuse and cover-up.
We’ll start soon with another review of the history of the disgraceful handling of the Strzempko family’s complaint against Massachusetts coach Randy Smith. Next Monday, after another one of its patented day-late-and-dollar-short hearings, USA Swimming’s National Board of Review is poised to ban Smith. His abuse of Anna Strzempko drives the Outside story, and there won’t be tape measures long enough for the noses of swimming boss Chuck Wielgus and “safe sport” director Susan Woessner when they try to co-opt this anecdote and claim credit for getting rid of another bad guy.
Meanwhile, USA Swimming yesterday announced the lifetime ban of Dustin Perry. It’s yet another attempt to make a virtue out of a necessity. Concussion Inc. blew Perry out of the water in a series of exclusive reports earlier this year. We call Perry “the poor man’s Alex Pussieldi” because, like Pussieldi, he had the grand vision of not only engaging in sexual and other abuse of his athletes, but also importing Mexican boys with college scholarship and Olympic aspirations. Perry, however, lacked Pussieldi’s arguable personal charms and inarguable business smarts.
Below are complete chronological links of Muchnick & Joyce on Perry.