By David Dodge, CEO
Sports Officiating Consulting, LLC
On the heels of a sexual abuse scandal at USA Gymnastics, there appears to be another brewing in the world of taekwondo. Brothers and fellow Olympians, Steven and Jean Lopez are accused of sexually assaulting multiple women. According to a report in the Washington Post, “the brothers were first accused of sexual misconduct more than two years ago.” USA Taekwondo, the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport, had begun an inquiry, but for unexplained reasons it was put on hold allowing the brothers to participate in last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.
The inquiry was led by attorney Donald Alperstein who earlier this year contacted the FBI “because so much of the misconduct occurred in multiple jurisdictions.” At the time, Alperstein reportedly advised the FBI that “he felt the Lopez brothers needed to be removed from the sport.” While the brothers deny the allegations, one accuser believes that the abuse within USA Taekwondo continues today. [Read more…]