More details about the late figure skater John Coughlin‘s alleged abuses are being brought to light months after his passing.
As we reported, the two-time U.S. champion died by suicide in his father’s home on January 18 according to a message posted by his sister on Facebook. His death came the day after he was suspended from U.S. Figure Skating over a “matter concerning him” by SafeSport, which investigates allegations of any misconduct or sexual abuse surrounding athletes, pending an investigation.
Now, Bridget Namiotka, one of Coughlin’s former partners, is making additional allegations against the deceased skater. On Sunday, she responded to a FB post that defended him, writing:
“I’m sorry but John hurt at least 10 people including me. He sexually abused me for 2 years. Nobody innocent hangs themself .”
In a second post, she continued:
“Someone that’s innocent doesn’t hang himself. Think about the victims when you’re speaking up for what he did to at least 10 girls.”
Finally, in her third and fourth messages, the 29-year-old commented:
“Think about all of the girls he hurt.”
“Grooming happens. It happened to me and he hurt a lot of girls. Think about the victims.”
In a text message to USA Today on Monday, his former representative Tara Modlin said:
“It seems that you want me to comment on an unstable persons Facebook comment – I don’t really understand your question… my suggestion is to call some of his other partners.”
The two teamed together from 2004 to 2007, when she was 14-years old to 17 and he was 18-years old through 21. Together, the duo won three medals in the Junior Grand Prix series, and finished ninth in the senior level at the 2007 U.S. National Championships.
In December 2018, his “interim suspension” was first announced vaguely by USFS. However, Coughlin issued a statement commenting on the suspension and denying the allegations made against him (below):
“While I wish I could speak freely about the unfounded allegations levied against me, the SafeSport rules prevent me from doing so since the case remains pending. I note only that the SafeSport notice of allegation itself stated that an allegation in no way constitutes a finding by SafeSport or that there is any merit to the allegation.”
The SafeSport investigation was closed upon Coughlin’s death, as they only investigate to remove someone if they are a safety risk to other athletes in professional sports. Friends and fans were vocal on social media about being angered by the decision because it meant his name would never be cleared after death.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Source: Read Full Article