USA Swimming Releases Statement on Rick Curl Hearing

USA Swimming has released a statement regarding the emergency hearing that has been scheduled with Curl Burke Swim Club founder Rick Curl:

USA Swimming was provided with information late Friday afternoon which enabled it to initiate the Board of Review process. We requested an expedited hearing on Monday and have invited the alleged victim to testify. We hope she will take part in this process, as reporting remains an integral part of the Safe Sport program.

In order to protect the integrity of the case, I cannot comment further on its details except to confirm that USA Swimming has initiated the process in place to deal with complaints of sexual misconduct. The reporting process is one element of USA Swimming’s comprehensive Safe Sport program which includes efforts in each of six different areas:  Polices & Guidelines, Screening & Selection, Training & Education, Monitoring & Supervision, Recognizing, Reporting, & Responding and Engagement & Feedback.

For more on USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program, please visit

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10 years ago

Time for hard time.

10 years ago

Brian, why don’t you stop sniffing the crotches of the liars, thieves and degenerates that are running our sport? I’ve never met Mr. Allard, but hes done more to get rid of corruption in USA Swimming than any member or coach. Nobody has the balls to fight them.

Think about it, Brian…if Allard is an “Ambulance Chaser” and looking for the quick buck (as you would suggest), he would be like most lawyers and encourage all of his clients to settle and move on to the next lawsuit. It is very obvious if you really wake up and look at the history here, that this man has spent a lot of his own time and money to singlehandedly fight… Read more »

Reply to  splash
10 years ago

Hm. Interesting turn of phrase. From your foul use of language, it would appear that something I’ve said upsets you! I would appreciate it if you’d talk like a grown man (or woman).

It’s about ego, and notoriety. Why else try and make such a big fuss about it now, right before the Games? Because it gets his name out there, and makes him more popular (or infamous) in the long run.

No lawyer does it “out of his own pocket and time” and of his own pro-bono heart.

Reply to  Brian
10 years ago


I couldn’t agree with you more. There’s clearly too many cooks in the kitchen. I keep reading contradictory facts on time lines among all parties involved.

But mainly, I agree with your comments on both Attorney Bob Allard and the Washington Post’s timing on this article coming out a week before the Olympic Games. I’m aware that Amy Shipley was planning on getting this article out precisely at this time, before the Olympics, way back in December of 2011. USA Swimming knew about this. The Washington Post knew about this. Nothing good is going to come of this. There will be no ‘lessons’ learned. I am very skeptical that Kelley is even in control of her own statements. There… Read more »

Reply to  CUBUSwimmer
10 years ago

Well, it’s hard to say. If he’s going to try and implicate USA Swimming in the Curl hearing, it will be next to impossible to do so. Any attorney worth their salt would destroy him simply based on the fact that it was 1) 30 years ago and anyone who was heading USA Swimming then is no longer in charge, 2) Many new policies have been implemented in USA Swimming to prevent the very things that were brought up way back in the past (i.e rooming, parent supervisors, etc), and 3) Most importantly, the non-disclosure agreement, which meant that legally, there was no way that what the client says holds any sort of validity because they signed it away in… Read more »

Reply to  Brian
10 years ago


I get that you feel there is a long (maybe impossible) road to travel for anything to come of this suit but jeez, could you not come off as so happy about it.

Reply to  Brian
10 years ago


You must be imposing some own Freudian slip there. Happy? Not at all, and there’s nothing in any of my statements to appear as such, thank you very much.

There’s a large difference between whatever you call “happiness” and debate and trying to discern all the facts and subtleties of what happened. Especially in figuring out any possible repercussions in the sport.

10 years ago

From: B. Robert Allard
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 1:20 PM
To: ‘Young, Richard’
Subject: RE: Initiation of NBOR Proceeding Against Richard J. Curl

Dear Mr. Young:

I have told you repeatedly that your NBOR process is a sham and we do not want to legitimize it by attending. That position will not change. A statement has been given to your investigator. You have the settlement agreement. You have what you need. My client is not going to submit this matter to a party who is judge, jury and executioner all wrapped up into one.

It would help if your client would stop releasing outright false information. For example, today it was indicated by Ms. Fabos:… Read more »

Reply to  Splash
10 years ago

I’ll refrain from any comments about Mr. Allard since he’s apparently reviewed so well in California Law and I can’t refer to him as an “ambulance chaser”.

Stop trolling, Splash. First off, he says “months”. Not six. I would refrain from spreading false information.

Second of all, please don’t act like you know remotely anything about the law. Litigation and even gearing up for a case or any sort of defense can take months. Maybe years. I’ve known cases of different natures that have been ongoing for 10 years, and will have to be preparing months before a hearing or meeting with other attorneys.

10 years ago

USA Swimming is LYING! They had the confidential agreement six months ago. The only reason they are having the bogus emergency hearing is that the agreement was sent by Davies representatives to the Washington Post and they published an article. Our sport is corrupt!

Reply to  Splash
10 years ago

Then you need to send Shipley proof that USA swimming has been sitting on it that long. At this point, the more information the better . Time to clean house.

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