Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 4th 2015 Contents MONTREAL---Marcel Aubut resigned
yesterday as president of the Canadian
Olympic Committee while under inves-
tigation for a sexual harassment com-
The committee said in a statement its
investigation now ends. Since the original
complaint, two other women made alle-
gations against Aubut. On Friday, the organ-
isation began a second investigation to
examine any further complaints.
The committee said the matter is "deeply
concerning" and has had a "profound
impact on our Olympic family." Its board
shortly will begin looking for an interim
Aubut already had temporarily stepped
aside as committee president and chairman
of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. The
committee had retained a former chief jus-
tice of the Quebec Superior Court to inves-
tigate the initial complaint.
The 67-year-old Aubut was CEO of the
NHL s Quebec Nordiques until the team
moved to Colorado in 1995. He was induct-
ed into Canada s Sports Hall of Fame in
He is a partner at the Montreal law firm
BCF, which said Wednesday it would not
comment on the investigation. BCF added
that Aubut s position at the firm was not
at risk since the allegations did not directly
involve his professional activities.
On Thursday, Montreal lawyer Amelia
Salehabadi-Fouques gave several interviews
about her interactions with Aubut, while
Canadian broadcaster TVA aired an inter-
view with a woman the television network
said worked closely with him. Neither
woman has filed a complaint with the
Salehabadi-Fouques, who specialises in
sports law and has been a Canadian Soccer
Association board member since 2013, says
she was harassed by Aubut three times,
beginning when she met him four years
ago. She contends he forced a kiss during
their first meeting and made sexually
charged comments during their next two
In the TVA interview, a woman alleged
she was sexually harassed several times in
2011 when Aubut was working at a Montreal
law firm. The woman was not identified
but the network said she worked with him.
October 4, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
A book by an escort alleging that former
University of Louisville staffer Andre McGee
brought escorts into dorm parties, and paid
for the women to strip and have sex with
the Cardinals basketball recruits, their fathers
and players is available online.
Louisville is investigating allegations by
Katina Powell in the upcoming book, "Breaking
Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort
Queen," from a publishing affiliate of the Indi-
anapolis Business Journal. The 104-page book
was available early Saturday, but some details
were published on the Journal s Web site on
The escort said during a four-year period
many of the activities took place in the players
Louisville officials say they learned of the
allegations in late August and immediately
notified college sports governing body the
NCAA. McGee left Louisville in 2014 to
become an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City.
That school put McGee on paid leave Friday
night and issued a statement saying the alle-
gations were being taken seriously.
The age of consent to have sexual intercourse
in Kentucky is 16, though in some instances
it could be 18. It is unclear if a criminal inves-
tigation has also been launched in light of the
Louisville Metro police spokeswoman Alicia
Smiley said she was unaware of any inves-
tigation by the department, saying it was an
issue to be handled by campus police.
University police operator Peter Anderson
said he was unaware of the allegations and
that no staffers were available to comment.
Cardinals basketball spokesman Kenny Klein
initially notified the compliance office about
the allegations, but said he didn t know if
police are involved.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said the situation
caused sleeplessness when he first found out
and said that he tried to conduct his own
investigation before being rebuffed by the
school s compliance office.
Pitino said McGee denied the allegations
in a brief conversation.
Louisville retained Chuck Smrt of the Com-
pliance Group, which assists schools in NCAA
cases, to review the allegations.
"Chuck is the quarterback of this entire
project," Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich
said. "Chuck knows he s the most well-
respected person, probably, within the NCAA
and the NCAA has been involved every step
of the way. We re an open book."
The Journal s summary of the book said
that Powell brought women to 22 parties from
2010 to 2014 at Billy Minardi Hall, which
houses Cardinals basketball players.
The woman said that she and three of her
daughters, along with other women, danced
and stripped for Louisville recruits and players
and performed sex acts with them, according
to the book. Powell, 43, also said McGee
offered recruits alcohol at those parties.
In the book, Powell said that McGee initially
brought women into the dorm through a side
door. The process evolved to the point where
the escorts entered and left the building
through the front entrance and had become
familiar to staff.
Jurich said he didn t know if video surveil-
lance had been reviewed to back up that alle-
gation and added, "that would be a Chuck
Smrt or an NCAA question."
McGee played for Louisville from 2005-09
and started 57 games during his career. He
played professionally in Europe before becom-
ing a program assistant in 2010 and was pro-
moted to director of basketball operations in
2012. McGee could not be reached for com-
quits amid inquiry
Aubut speaks to
reporters during a
news conference for
the 2012 Summer
Olympics in London.
Aubut has resigned
as president of the
for a sexual
WUHAN, China---Venus Williams won the
Wuhan Open yesterday when her Spanish oppo-
nent and fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza retired
with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-3, 3-0.
It was the unseeded Williams 47th WTA singles
"It s not easy when you don t play your best,"
Williams told Muguruza, adding that "I probably
didn t have a chance if you felt well."
Muguruza said she was "very sorry" at having
Williams rallied from 5-3 down in the third set
of the quarterfinals to beat British qualifier Johanna
Konta, and she saved a match point during a 5-
7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) semifinal win over Roberta Vinci.
Both finalists are projected to make major moves
up the rankings---Williams from No 24 to No 14
and Muguruza from No 8 to No 5, her top-five
Also, yesterday, Hingis and Sania Mirza beat
Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu in
straight sets in the doubles final.
The winning duo dropped serve three times and
had to fight back from a 2-0 deficit in the second
set, but the No.1-seeded Hingis and Mirza won 6-
The Swiss-Indian pairing have seven WTA dou-
bles titles this year and have won their last three
tournaments in a row---the US Open, Guangzhou
and Wuhan---and 13 straight matches. (AP)
.....Newcomer Hibino beats
Vekic to win Tashkent Open
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan---Nao Hibino of Japan
cruised past Croatia s Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-2 yes-
terday to win the Tashkent Open final.
Hibino s speed on court caused problems for
Vekic, who also appeared increasingly frustrated
by the noisy crowd which frequently held up play
in the capital of Uzbekistan.
The 21-year-old Hibino, ranked 117th in the
world, held serve throughout and took advantage
of nine double faults from Vekic to break her 19-
year-old opponent twice in each set.
Hibino s only previous appearances in a WTA
main draw came last month, when she reached
the second round at the Japan Women s Open and
Dalian Open. After wrapping up the win over Vekic,
Hibino shook her head in disbelief and waved to
Vekic, who is ranked 137th after a disappointing
season, drops to 1-3 in career WTA finals, with her
last win coming at the 2014 Malaysian Open. It
was her second appearance in a Tashkent final after
losing in 2012 to Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania
in straight sets.
Earlier yesterday, the Russian duo of Margarita
Gasparyan and Alexandra Panova won the doubles
final 6-1, 3-6, 10-3 against Russia s Vera Dushevina
and Czech player Katerina Siniakova. (AP)
....Olesen grabs 3-shot lead
at Alfred Dunhill Links
ST ANDREWS, Scotland---Thorbjorn Olesen
of Denmark took a three-shot lead at the Alfred
Dunhill Links Championship yesterday after a
7-under 65 at St. Andrews in the third round.
Olesen started with a bogey on the first hole
but then had eight birdies the rest of the way---
including four on the last five holes---for a 17-
under 199 total.
"I started off badly by hitting it in the water on
the first but I got over it and played some good
golf," Olesen said. "My putter started to get very
hot out there and I holed a lot of great putts. So
yeah, it was good fun."
Florian Fritsch of Germany was second after a
64 at Kingsbarns, with Benjamin Hebert of France
another shot back after a 67 at Carnoustie. The
players alternated between the three courses on
the first three days, with the final round held at
Fritsch had six birdies and an eagle in his bogey-
free round. After starting on the 10th tee, he eagled
the par-5 third hole and had three birdies on the
"I hit a couple of good putts and ended up rolling
in a few birdies and an eagle," the German said.
"That was a little extra."
Jimmy Mullen, who held a share of the overnight
lead, could only manage a 74 at Carnoustie to
plummet down the leaderboard.
Ernie Els, who scuffed a putt from less than a
foot out in the first round, continued his resurgence
with a 66 at St. Andrews to sit in a tie for eighth,
six shots back. (AP)
Louisville investigating if escorts were hired for recruits
Louisville coach Rick Pitino, left, talking with
guard Andre McGee during the first half of an
NCAA college men's basketball game against
Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. AP PHOTO
Venus Williams wins Wuhan Open,
Muguruza retires in 2nd set
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