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Suzy Favor Hamilton Dropped From Major Award Over Prostitution

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Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton’s name is being stricken form the Big Ten award after she admitted to working as a high-priced call girl/prostitute in Las Vegas.

The former track star admitted last December to working for a Vegas-based escort agency after being confronted by a reporter for The Smoking Gun. Months later, Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman said that Suzy Favor Hamilton’s name would be taken off the Female Athlete of the Year award.

Favor competed in the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000. She was reported to have worked as a $600-per-hour escort in Vegas, which she described as a “coping mechanism” for her depression and other emotional issues.

After the revelations, she attempted to explain her actions and take personal responsibility in a series of tweets.

“I realize I have made highly irrational choices and I take full responsibility for them,” she said. “I am not a victim here and knew what I was doing.”

She continued:

“I do not expect people to understand, but the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression. As crazy as I know it seems, I never thought I would be exposed, therefore never hurting anybody.”

She said that she has been actively seeking help from a psychologist, apologized to her fans, and said that she will work hard to “make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend.”

The 44-year-old athlete was the Big Ten’s female athlete of the year three times in a row, starting in 1988. She is one of the most famous and celebrated athletes at Wisconsin. She has won seven U.S. national titles. Her last was in 1999.

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[Image via: The Smoking Gun]

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8 Responses to “Suzy Favor Hamilton Dropped From Major Award Over Prostitution”

  1. Scott Colby

    Yes, if you give pleasure to others in this society, this culture must condemn you and take away all accolades!

  2. Vickie Cochran

    ridiculous to remove her name because of her life after college. narrow minded and obviously sanctimonious.

  3. David Garner

    Political correctness once again… The Big Ten athletic administrators have been whores for their schools for years. At least Suzy sought help for her problem. What excuse does the Big Ten have for its exploitation of student athletes?

  4. Dave Kale

    Hmmm, The president of The United States had oral sex in the Oval office. He stayed there and we still pay his bills. How did she do anything different? I feel what she did was wrong but, her athletic skills won her the awards.

  5. Ken Alt

    Yeah let's give out an award to student athletes named after a prostitute. Yeah, that would be appropriate. You guys are idiots.

  6. James Clarke Ferguson

    If she announced she was a lesbian, they would embellish those same awards with little rainbows and declare every day to be "Suzy Favor Day." Whether you are a lesbian, or a prostitute, you have made an adult decision to veer off from more "traditional" views on socially acceptable behavior. I defy somebody to make a logical argument that we should know, intrinsically, what the difference is between the two behaviors. If it's legal, and morally accepted (it's LAS VEGAS!), then she should not be condemned for her, um, post-graduate work.

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