Department of Justice Investigating Olympic Sports Over Sexual Misconduct

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating several U.S. Olympic sport organizations over sexual abuse and “potential financial and business misconduct,” per an original report from the Wall Street Journal.

The WSJ reports that the Department of Justice is “pursuing multiple wide-ranging criminal investigations” into Olympic sports, and sent grand jury subpeonas to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

Sport governance in the United States Olympic system has come increasingly under fire over the last year, especially spurred on by the growing list of sexual abuse scandals in organized sport. USA Gymnastics has been a main target, especially after former gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar admitted to sexually abusing athletes under the guise of treatment and was sentenced to prison, effectively for the remainder of his life.

According to The Hill, the Department of Justice is looking into the handling of abuse allegations by former executives of USA Gymnastics and USA Taekwondo. In addition, the Department of Justice is investigating the FBI for its handling of abuse reports against Nassar, per The Hill.

The USOPC is the rebranded title for the United States Olympic Committee or USOC. Former CEO Scott Blackmun resigned in early 2018 citing health concerns, but the organization drew harsh criticism for giving Blackmun $2.4 million in severance pay despite reports that he had failed to act on accusations against Nassar for more than a year before they became public. Former golf executive Sarah Hirschland was eventually hired as Blackmun’s successor.

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4 years ago

While I am encouraged by this news, I am also discouraged since our leader doesn’t walk the walk on sexual assault. Grab em. 😢

13 % Chinese person
Reply to  Snarky
4 years ago

So nothing then. . Doj failed in Mueller & Epstein & they will fail here .

Lots of People to Blame
Reply to  Snarky
4 years ago

Correcting current cultural problems of sexual harassment and assault starts in the household. Parents need to do better. A political figure, although it would be ideal, is not supposed to be the moral exemplar for kids; their parents should be.

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