Kelton Graham, the former head coach of Club Wolverine, has released a statement after his arrest in Omaha, Nebraska last week on prostitution charges.
Graham, who was in town for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, was arrested and pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution. He was one of 11 people caught in a sting by local police.
Graham was terminated with Club Wolverine after his arrest.
The former head coach of Club Wolverine did not coach the program’s elite post-graduate squad affiliated with the University of Michigan, which is the program’s most visible component. He worked primarily with swimmers in high school and younger.
Graham’s full, unedited statement is below:
Now that the Olympic trials for swimming have ended, I wish to briefly address my recent disgraceful behavior in Omaha. First, I want to apologize to my wife, family, and friends. They know me and know that my wrongdoing does not represent my character—it was a grave and uncharacteristic misstep. I truly regret that they have been associated with my disgraceful behavior. I apologize to them and ask them to forgive me.
Next, I want to apologize to the swimmers that I was coaching in Omaha and all the swimmers that I was coaching. I know they realize that I am a better man than my conduct displayed. I know too that they are professionals and were able to persevere despite my absence. If I distracted them in any way, I apologize.
Finally, I want to apologize to Club Wolverine. CW is a first class organization that has nurtured the talents of some of the best swimmers in the nation and the world. I was privileged to serve there. While I believe their decision was sudden and draconian, I must respect and accept that decision given my wrongdoing. I apologize to that fine organization for any adverse impact it might suffer because of me. Such results would themselves be unfair—the fault here is all my own.
I have no more to say on this matter. I ask the press and the public to respect my privacy and that of my family as I seek to make reparations for my wrongdoing, learn from my mistake, and move on with my life for myself and my family.
Sincerely, Kelton Graham.