Among all the commotion surrounding the trial and sentencing of Stanford rapist Brock Turner, USA Swimming made their stance very clear in their statement to USA Today.
USA Swimming is the organization that works to select members that will be practicing and competing in international events including the Olympics. However, in USA Swimming’s statement, it was made certain that Brock Turner’s membership with USA Swimming has been terminated since he sexually assaulted a victim behind a dumpster in January 2015. The organization also confirmed that his membership will remain terminated for life because USA Swimming has a zero tolerance policy for sexual misconduct.
USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman made the following statement to USA Today in an email:
“Brock Turner is not a member of USA Swimming and, should he apply, he would not be eligible for membership. … Had he been a member, he would be subject to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct. USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, with firm Code of Conduct policies in place, and severe penalties, including a permanent ban of membership, for those who violate our Code of Conduct.”
USA Swimming is not accepting any “ifs,” “ands” or “buts” about the situation. It’s solidified that Brock Turner will never compete in a USA Swimming competition. Ever.
[Via USA Today]