Despite numerous sworn affidavits accusing John Furlong of inappropriate conduct, despite what the Toronto Star calls “explosive new allegations“, despite indications that Furlong has been incomplete or disingenuous in recounting biographical details, despite questions raised by CBC Fifth Estate about Furlong’s lack of candour regarding track dangers perceived before the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, the former VANOC CEO continues as Chair of Own the Podium, a quasi-public organization that draws most funding from taxpayers.
This sport administration body claims its activities are guided by strategic “Pillars of Excellence.” It ought to ask Furlong to step aside until these matters are resolved.
Laura Robinson’s defence argues that victims have been:
retraumatized by the statements and actions of the Plaintiff [Furlong] and were further traumatized by those in authority implicitly dismissing their sworn statements by rallying to support the Plaintiff.
Just one example: Chris Selley of the National Post sees John Furlong as the victim here, writing,
Maybe it’s time for understanding and compassion to make a comeback.
He was not referring to the 25 or so people claiming abuse, largely First Nations folk.
CBC’s Death at the Olympics