Olympic taekwondo champion banned for life in abuse case

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gilbert said Jean had sexually assaulted her after events in Ecuador in 2002 and Germany in 2003.The lawsuit says women who wanted onto the US taekwondo team “had no choice but to submit to the Lopez brothers’ sexual demands.”If they refused to do so, they were benched, suspended or kicked off Team USA by the Lopez brothers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Djokovic tops Nishikori for 8th US Open final Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 19, 2016 US Steven Lopez (L) competes against Australia’s Hayder Shkara during their men’s taekwondo repechage bout in the -80kg category as part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro.Two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez has been handed a life ban by the US Center for SafeSport following an allegation of sexual misconduct, it was confirmed on Friday September 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONESTwo-time Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez has been handed a life ban by the US Center for SafeSport following an allegation of sexual misconduct, it was confirmed on Friday.Lopez has been deemed “permanently ineligible” from future competition in a ruling made by the center on Thursday following a four-month investigation.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The suspension comes after four women athletes sued the US Olympic Committee and USA Taekwondo for sex trafficking in a federal lawsuit filed in May.The women alleged they were forced to train and travel with known sexual predators.Heidi Gilbert, Mandy Meloon, Amber Means and Gaby Joslin alleged they suffered “two decades of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking of Team USA’s Olympic taekwondo athletes by the entities, officials, coaches and mentors who were entrusted to protect them.”Both Jean Lopez and Steven Lopez were named in the lawsuit.Meloon, a two-time world champion, claimed in a 2007 complaint she was raped by Jean at the 1997 World Cup in Egypt when she was 15. She was left off Jean’s 2007 squad, pressing her case to USOC arbitration.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No other information was immediately available.The 39-year-old, a gold medalist at both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, had been suspended since May. His brother Jean, a coach on the US Olympic taekwondo team, had already been banned for life for sexual offenses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Steven Lopez could yet appeal his suspension, the center said on its website. The Houston Chronicle newspaper reported that the offense which prompted his ban involved a 14-year-old girl in 2000 when he was 22.He reportedly began “grooming” the girl for abuse when she was 10 years old, the report cited investigators as saying. SEA Games 2019: PH’s Reyes, Ninobla taekwondo poomsae individual PLAY LIST 06:22SEA Games 2019: PH’s Reyes, Ninobla taekwondo poomsae individual02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)07:23SEA Games 2019: PH’s recognized poomsae team (MEN/WOMEN) l (FULL PERFORMANCE)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img