Thursday, September 20, 2012
What should have been USA Swimming's finest hour was shouted down by two middle-aged women!
News outlets like Associated Press, ESPN, the Washington Post all the way down to Courtroom News gave both Kelley Davies Currin and Dia Rianda several paragraphs worth of rebuttal and even some editorial space which they used well.
Though Rick Curl was banned for life under some arcane code violation that had nothing to do with sex abuse*, USA Swimming was summarily humiliated internationally despite doing a very good deed. In the end USA Swimming was made to look like an untrustworthy governing body who minces words like a chef and puts their own personal interests well above the parents and kids that they are suppose to serve. No matter what the executive staff says this is a plausible belief and here is why.
There is a term called "falling on your sword" - The literal sense means to commit suicide but the figurative usage is when a CEO, a politician or a general in the military takes personal responsibility or the blame for an organizational error by quitting or leaving that organization and taking all the shame and blame with them. This allows the organization to "reboot" and be looked at anew and given a second chance to catch it's breath and do the right thing.
In 2010 after the 20/20 episode aired to ballistic ratings and after the "Let's keep this between you and me" email surfaced, the executive staff, namely Chuck Wielgus, Bruce Stratton, Pat Hogan were obviously too cowardly to "fall on their swords" and allow USA Swimming to look like a credible organization moving forward. It was selfish and as a result USA Swimming will never be granted a trust mandate for it will always be plausible that they are hiding something.
[*-- This was sent to me by a reader: The banning of Rick Curl reeks of a sweetheart arrangement. Not only was Curl spared of having to testify and therefore potentially incriminating himself relating to future criminal proceedings, but he was not cited as a sex abuser, under Code of Conduct Section 304.3.8 or otherwise, as a basis for banishment. Instead, an archaic regulation that long ago was replaced was utilized. The section cited (450.1) is nowhere to be found in USA Swimming’s 2012 Rule Book. [...] Curl should be branded for what he is- a child molester.” --]