Shocking Hypocritical Self-Delusion from Champions of Holding People Accountable
Read this one to the end. It is worth it. You won’t believe the blind hypocrisy.
In October / November 2018, Dara Torres was approached to give a Declaration (a statement) for Ariana Kukors’ lawsuit outlining what Dara knew, including what she allegedly saw.
Dara was approached by Olympic Teammate Nancy Hogshead-Makar, who is a lawyer and sits on many Boards for women’s advocacy issues.
There’s a ton of relevant detail which is fascinating in their exchange. I’m leaving it because it’s too long for an email, but here’s a quick example…
Nancy tells Dara who the ‘target’ is, and it is not me.
Nancy relays the statement that Ariana’s lawyers and Ariana herself know of rumors about Dara and Mark Schubert. She relays the offer that Dara will not be brought in for a deposition (as in, Dara won’t be asked under oath about a rumor between her and Schubert) if Dara writes a declaration.
Dara made later it clear in her testimony that she understood the ‘deal’: write a declaration, no deposition.
In the exchange, Nancy also tells Dara what Ariana needs her (Dara) to say in the declaration.
There are a ton of questionable things in their entire interaction with Dara. Still, for this story today, those aren’t the focus. You can read about them in the book.
Here’s the absurdity that Ariana, Nancy, and Ariana’s lawyer completely miss by pressuring Dara (Dara says she felt pressured) and using this rumor about her and Schubert as a pressure tactic.
One of the cornerstones of Ariana’s lawyers’ arguments in stating that USA Swimming was liable for alleged abuse was that USA Swim ‘knew of the alleged abuse and did nothing’.
You know about the 2011 investigation on me. Ariana was interviewed, and she said there was no relationship.
There was never a complaint to USA Swim about me in 2011. There were only rumors which made it into the media.
Since there was no complaint,
USA Swimming exceeded its own policy on investigations when they investigated me.
USA Swimming went ‘above and beyond’ based only a rumor.
In the above exchange with Dara, no one seemed surprised about the rumor between Dara and Schubert. Ariana knew. Nancy knew. Again, they promised they would protect Dara from sitting for a deposition, seemingly as a ‘carrot’ to keep Dara from being asked about it.
Here’s the punchline:
Are you ready?
Ariana, Nancy, and the lawyers were using a rumor to pressure Dara INSTEAD of inquiring if Dara needed help.
They pressured her instead of trying to get USA Swimming/Safe Sport to do an investigation.
They used it as a bargaining chip and promised to keep Dara from being questioned under-oath about this rumor.
In other words, USA Swimming (who they sued) did significantly more to ‘protect’ Ariana than Ariana, Nancy, and Ariana’s lawyers did for Dara.
USA Swimming did an investigation based only on a rumor. Conversely,
Ariana and co. used a rumor as a pressure tactic, yet they demand USA Swimming pay up for doing much more than they, the champions of holding people accountable, did.
Side note: Despite what it appears , in the book, I urge the reader to not judge Nancy harshly. You will understand why when you read it.
Enjoy that one.
PS> When Dara WAS DEPOSED, despite the promises from Ariana’s lawyers that she wouldn’t be, Dara stated under oath that nothing happened between her and Schubert. That is the end of that.