Update: Texas Athletics has released a statement and suspended Windle from all Team Activities.
NCAA Champion and US Olympic Team diver Jordan Windle has been given a temporary suspension by the US Center for Safe Sport on “Allegations of Misconduct.”
While neither the USCSS nor the FBI provide details on open investigations, multiple sources have told SwimSwam that Windle is under investigation for allegedly exchanging nude photographs with at least one minor athlete who is also a member of USA Diving.
The allegations were brought forward prior to the start of the current collegiate season, though Windle was allowed to compete in the team’s meets so far this season while the investigation was ongoing.
In response to questions about the decision to allow Windle to continue competing after the original allegations were made, Texas released a statement, but that statement did not address the decision for Windle to compete in the fall semester specifically.
“We’re aware of the situation with Jordan Windle and are continuing to monitor it closely. We will fully cooperate with all parties involved in this investigation and adhere to NCAA, Big 12 and UT policies and processes as well. We have removed Jordan from all team activities, pending the completion of the investigation. Any further action will be determined at the conclusion of that process.”
As of 2020, the NCAA was not required to enforce US Center for Safe Sport or National Governing Body suspensions, according to Katherine Starr, a former All-American swimmer at Texas who operates a non-profit foundation Safe4Athletes that works to prevent the abuse of athletes.
At the mid-season Texas Diving Invitational in November, where many of the country’s top divers competed, Windle won both the 3-meter and platform diving events.
Windle returned to the Longhorns for a 5th year this season, taking advantage of an NCAA waiver allowing athletes who competed during the COVID-19 season in 2020-2021 an extra year of eligibility.
Windle was the 2019 NCAA Champion on platform and the 2021 NCAA Champion on 1-meter. In total, he has earned the maximum 12 All-America awards in four collegiate seasons.
Windle was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team that competed at the Tokyo 2020 Games, placing 9th in the 10-meter platform event.
Temporary suspensions are used by the US Center for SafeSport while investigating reported allegations. They are published to the Center’s public database when “allegations are so severe that Temporary Restrictions are necessary to mitigate potential risk to others in the sport community,” or in “Cases where the Sanctions imposted include some period of suspension or ineligibility, after a comprehensive investigation has established a violation of the SafeSport Code.”
The suspension includes a no contact directive for Windle with the alleged victim or victims.