Oct. 24, 2018 -

USA Skateboarding’s Neal Hendrix Suspended Over Sexual Assault Allegations


 

Neal Hendrix, an executive member of USA Skateboarding (USAS), is under an interim suspension since October 19 while an investigation in allegations of sexual assault.

The allegations are reportedly being investigated by the Costa Mesa, Calif., police department and regard a professional skateboarder known as Julz Lynn when she was 14. “Neal Hendrix is under an interim suspension as of Oct. 19, 2018, and as such is prohibited from participating in any activities related to the United States Olympic Committee, the national governing bodies recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, including USA Skateboarding, and/or a local Affiliated Organization of a national governing body recognized the United States Olympic Committee.”
 
“The U.S. Center for SafeSport has the exclusive authority to investigate and resolve allegations of any alleged misconduct on behalf of USA Skateboarding personnel as a USOC-recognized governing body,” said Gary Ream, chairman USA Skateboarding in an email reply to SportsEvents
 
USA Skateboarding governs the sport and SafeSport educates, trains and works to prevent abuse of children in sports. All reports of sexual misconduct in the national governing bodies of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements must be reported to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, according to the 2018 USA Skateboard Athlete Safety Policy. All reports of non-sexual misconducted should be reported to the national governing body the policy states.
 
Julz Lynn (Julie Lynn Kindstrand Nelson) told espnW that she provided a letter to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
 
Athletes are able to report abuse allegations anonymously, either by completing a report online through the governing body’s website or calling 720-531-0304.
 
“USA Skateboarding is fully cooperating with the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s investigation of the allegations placed upon Neal Hendrix,” Ream said in his reply. “The safety of the athletes, staff and board members is our number one priority, and we support SafeSport’s decision of an interim suspension while the investigation is being conducted. It is our expectation that SafeSport will fully investigate and reach a prompt resolution that maintains the safety and well-being of all involved.”