ESPN will feature the story of fired University of Utah swim coach Greg Winslow on an upcoming episode of Outside the Lines. The news program hosted by Bob Ley does investigative reporting on some of the more controversial issues from across the world of sports, including hard-hitting reports during the 2010 explosion of the USA Swimming sexual abuse scandal. The episode is scheduled to air on Sunday, December 22nd at 8am Eastern Time, and is planned to be re-aired during the week.
See a preview video for the episode here.
Winslow was suspended last year on the eve of the 2013 Pac-12 Championship meet after a police report was filed against him in Arizona after accusations from a former swimmer that Winslow had sexually abused her when she was 15 years old. Winslow would ultimately not have his contract renewed by Utah, and at a subsequent press conference, the school’s Athletic Director Chris Hill says he should have been fired earlier.
Though Maricopa County would decide not to file charges in the sexual abuse case, Winslow was hit with several other accusations during the course of the investigation. That includes accusations of verbally and physically abusing his assistants, abusing alcohol while on team trips, using racial slurs against a black swimmer, and even a charge that a swimmer was caught dealing drugs on a school-sponsored trip, but wasn’t disciplined until after taking advantage of that swimmer represented the Utes at the Olympic Trials.
As part of ESPN’s report, Whitney Lopus, Winslow’s accuser in the case of sexual abuse allegations, speaks publicly on camera of her accusations. While much of the swimming community already knew the identity of his accuser, and a local Phoenix news station disclosed her identity already, she will now be known as the accuser nation-wide. Lopus would go on to win a slew of Arizona high school state championships, and swim collegiately at both the University of Utah and the University of Arizona.
Among the former Utah swimmers interviewed for the piece, former Utah swimmer Lauren Hewson called Winslow “a manipulator, a monster, and somebody that (she has) absolutely no respect for,” while Austin Fiascone said that he didn’t think that Utah cared at all when he brought forward other concerns about Winslow.
To see more coverage of the Winslow saga on SwimSwam, click here.