Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer who recently was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a frat house in January 2015, has been banned from competing in USA Swimming-sanctioned events according to an official statement sent to USA Today on Monday, June 9.
USA Swimming is the governing body that handles professional swimming in the US. According to the organization’s official statement, not only will Brock Turner be banned from competing on a professional level, he is also restricted from participating in future Olympic trials.
In addition, the organization’s statement clearly states that Turner’s membership had already expired in 2014, in which case they don’t have any jurisdiction over the 20-year-old convict. The governing body, however, emphasized that they have zero tolerance against sexual offenders as stated in their Code of Conduct policies.
“Brock Turner’s membership with USA Swimming expired at the end of the calendar year 2014…He was not a member at the time of his crime or since then. USA Swimming doesn’t have any jurisdiction over non-members.”
“Brock Turner is not a member of USA Swimming and, should he apply, he would not be eligible for membership…. Had he been a member, he would be subject to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct. USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, with firm Code of Conduct policies in place, and severe penalties, including a permanent ban of membership, for those who violate our Code of Conduct.”
While USA Swimming’s official statement has definitely put an end to Brock Turner’s professional swimming career, the former Stanford student can take comfort in the fact that his original six-month sentence has been cut down to three months, as previously reported by Vox.
The source came from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office’s official website, which states that Brock Turner is scheduled for release on September 2, three months after the day of his sentence.
The sheriff’s spokesperson James Jensen explained to the Washington Post that the date was given to them by the court system. He added that by default most inmates serve only half of their sentences, and that the system only imposes the sentence in full length if an inmate incurs a disciplinary violation.
Of course, this can only mean that Brock Turner will most likely be out of prison in September 2, barring bad behavior.
Brock Turner’s sexual assault case has sparked international outrage with many criticizing the ex-swimmer for shifting the blame of his actions to Stanford’s “party culture” and alcohol, as previously reported by The Inquisitr. In his official letter to the judge, Turner never apologized even once to his victim, but instead lamented about how the case has ended his future prospects as a professional swimmer
“I’ve lost my ability to obtain a Stanford degree. I’ve lost employment opportunities, my reputation and most of all, my life,” wrote Brock.
“I’ve been shattered by the party culture and risk taking behavior that I briefly experienced in my four months at school,” added Turner. “I’ve lost my chance to swim in the Olympics.”
Brock Turner’s father also sparked outrage when he said that his son should not have to go to prison for “20 minutes of action,” with many saying that his statement is a testament to how rape culture has permeated society.
“That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life,” wrote Brock Turner’s dad. “He will never be his happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile.”
Of course, both statements bring home the sad reality of how most sex offenders often paint themselves as victims, seemingly oblivious of the emotional scars their crime may have inflicted on their victims — scars they will have to face for the rest of their lives.
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[Photo by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office via AP Images]