Bob Allard

Jury Doesn’t Find USA Swimming Negligent, But Stockton Settlement Nets $1.125M

A California jury ruled that USA Swimming was not negligent in the case of a former Stockton swim coach who sexually abused a 13-year-old girl.

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Stockton Swim Coach Pleads Guilty In Sexual Abuse Case

Stockton swim coach Shunichi Fujishima has pleaded guilty in his criminal sexual abuse case. He will face a sentencing hearing on October 7.

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Ariana Kukors Smith Drops Suit Against Mark Schubert; Other Defendants Remain

Ariana Kukors Smith has settled her civil lawsuit against former USA Swimming national team director Mark Schubert, but the other defendants remain.

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USA Swimming Added As Defendants In Lawsuit Against Stockton Swim Club

USA Swimming is now a defendant in an updated filing of the civil lawsuit against a Stockton, CA swim club over alleged sexual abuse of a 13-year-old.

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California Bar Court Suspends Richard Foster’s Law License For One Year

The State Bar Court of California has suspended the law license of Richard Foster, an attorney who lost a years-long legal battle with former professional swimmer Dagny Knutson over his representation of her in 2010. That’s according to documents obtained by the Southern California News Group and published this week in The OC Register.

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USOC Reorganizes Leadership, Critics Express ‘Disappointment’

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced some changes to its staff this week, touting the changes as focused on making the organization more responsive to athletes. But one of the organization’s chief critics, the Committee to Restore Integrity, immediately expressed “disappointment” that the reorganization didn’t include more major reforms.

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Integrity Committee Makes 12 Recommendations For USOC

The Committee to Restore Integrity has published a list of recommendations for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) to “create an athletes first culture at the U.S. Olympic movement.”

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Dagny Knutson Wins Appeal In Suit Vs Former Attorney

A California appeals court has ruled in favor of former professional swimmer Dagny Knutson, reinstating the $617,800 in damages she was awarded in 2016 before a judge threw out that verdict and ordered a new trial.

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NPR Says Accusations Against Another Olympic Swim Coach Coming

While reporting on Ariana Kukors’ civil lawsuit, NPR reporter Alexandra Starr said that another Olympic swimmer would be making accusations against another Olympic coach in the coming weeks.

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Uchiyama Whistle-Blowers Add To Allegations Against USA Swimming

Another scathing report by the Southern California News Group includes allegations that in 2006 USA Swimming not only failed to keep a banned coach from coaching, but actually provided a recommendation for him to coach kids again.

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Report Says USA Swimming Has Ignored Hundreds Of Sexual Abuse Cases

A report by the Southern California News Group says USA Swimming has ignored, covered up or refused to investigate sexual abuse allegations against coaches in relation to hundreds of swimmers over decades.

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USA Swimming Investigated Hutchison/Kukors In 2010, Statement Confirms

A statement from USA Swimming this morning confirms that the federation received a tip and conducted an investigation into an allegedly inappropriate relationship between coach Sean Hutchison and National Team swimmer Ariana Kukors in 2010.

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Allard: US Sports Academy Should Rescind Awards For Wielgus, Paterno

California attorney Bob Allard has publicly urged the U.S. Sports Academy to rescind an honorary doctorate given to USA Swimming President Chuck Wielgus last month, while also repeating his call for a similar honor to be stripped from former NCAA football coach Joe Paterno.

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Dagny Knutson’s Civil Case Against Former Attorney Begins Today

The civil lawsuit between former American record-holder Dagny Knutson and her former attorney Richard Foster begins today in California.

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Paul Bergen International Now Called Thunderbolt Junior International SCM Championships

The Tualatin Hills Swim Club has changed the name of its 15-year old SCM international meet.

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