Sexual Abuse in Swimming To Be Covered in Next Week’s Sports Illustrated

In next week’s issue of Sports Illustrated, Olympic Sports writer Kelli Anderson delves into an update of the latest in sexual abuse, which we’ve received a preview version of.

The information won’t be anything new to frequent readers of most swimming websites on the internet, like SwimSwam, but digs back from the beginning, basically, peeling through cases like Rick Curl and Everett Uchiyama. It concludes with a summary of the latest developments in the SB 131 bill in California that was vetoed by governor Jerry Brown.

At any rate, it’s a worthwhile recap of what’s happened so far in a publication that has been picking up steam on its coverage of swimming the past few weeks (primarily positive news, thankfully) so pick up a copy on newsstands this week if you’re interested in reading the perspective from a more mainstream publication. We won’t spoil the fun, but Sports Illustrated did get a comment from USA Swimming on what Uchiayama’s accuser told the organization after he was finally banned in 2010, which is something we haven’t heard before.

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Steve Nolan

Meanwhile, USA Swimming repurposes former lobbyists – been seen buying all available copies Sports Illustrated in California-area supermarkets and throwing them into a roaring tire fire.


Unfortunately SI is a joke of a publication. Swimswam is better sports journalism!

But at least it’s publicity for this problem, so that’s good, regardless of what USA swimming’s PR thinks.


Hmmm….I wonder whether S.I. has ever done a feature on how many NFL football players have been either indicted or convicted of 1st or 2nd degree murder in the United States? My guess is the answer is no, and also that there are a cadre of anti-USA swimming lawyers paying S.I. to publish this article.

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