Blackhawks sexual assault scandal far from the only one in big sports

An independent investigation into how the Chicago Blackhawks handled sexual assault allegations against former coach Brad Aldrich in 2010 rocked the NHL. Here are some other recent examples of high profile sexual assault and misconduct in sport:

– The Toronto Blue Jays cut ties with former star Roberto Alomar in April after the Hall of Fame was placed on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list following an investigation into an allegation sexual misconduct. Melissa Verge then came forward in a first-person essay for the Toronto Star in May, alleging that Alomar pressed her body to hers without her consent and offered to have sex while she was a volunteer. 18 years old at a Blue Jays children’s camp in 2014. The allegations have not been proven and Alomar’s lawyer Carita Wong has said he intends to respond “in the appropriate forum through the appropriate channels “.

– Former Canadian national ski coach Bertrand Charest was sentenced in 2017 to 12 years in prison for various sex crimes against young skiers in his custody – including minors – in the 1990s. Quebec subsequently dropped 21 of the 37 convictions and reduced its sentence to 57 months from the date of conviction. He has since been granted full parole.

–Former Canadian middle distance runner Megan Brown alleged in a February article in The Globe and Mail that Dave Scott-Thomas, a former decorated national team and University of Guelph coach, l ‘had prepared for sex at the age of 17. Scott-Thomas has denied the allegation, which has not been tested in court. Athletes Kate Van Buskirk, Jennifer Brown and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, who co-chair Athletics Canada’s Athletes’ Commission, issued an open letter condemning Athletics Canada, saying its “inaction and dismissal have perpetuated a culture of disempowerment of victims. sexual abuse ”.

– The National Women’s Soccer League recently announced an agreement with its players’ association to respond to demands made in the wake of the abuse and harassment scandals that have rocked the league. Two former players have accused former North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley of harassment and sexual coercion. Amid the fallout, Riley was fired and NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird resigned.

– Bob Birarda, a former coach of the Canadian women’s under-20 soccer team and the Vancouver Whitecaps, faces six counts of sexual exploitation, two counts of sexual assault and one count of luring children. The alleged offenses, involving four people, have not been proven in court. Canada Soccer recently said it accepted an independent review of the investigation into the allegations against Birarda while he was employed by the association.

– This week, football coach Hubert Busby Jr. was charged with sexual harassment by former player Malloree Enoch, following alleged incidents when Busby was head coach of the Whitecaps in 2010 and 2011. Enoch said Busby promised to sign her as a player. for the team, and alleged that he then repeatedly made her room with him on various trips, and eventually attempted to force her to have sex. The allegation has not been tested in court. Busby denied the allegations when contacted by the Guardian.

– In 2016, Larry Nassar, doctor of the United States gymnastics team, was arrested for sexual abuse and possession of child pornography. Nassar, who was a doctor at Michigan State University, was sentenced to decades in prison in 2018 for sexually assaulting gymnasts at school and elsewhere.

– Graham Spanier, the former president of Penn State, served nearly two months in prison earlier this year for endangering the well-being of children by his response to a report that the assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had been seen physically abusing a boy on campus. Spanier received a report from two of his top lieutenants in early 2001 that a graduate football assistant coach ran into Sandusky and the boy in a team shower on a Friday night. Sandusky was first charged nearly ten years ago, in November 2011, and is currently serving a decades-long sentence in state prison on a conviction for indecent assault on children. The scandal led to the sacking of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno when it was revealed in 2011.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 29, 2021.

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