First he was convicted of sexually assualting an unconscious woman at Stanford University and sentenced to six months in jail and probation. Now former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming US Olympic Trials or be a part of USA Swimming and that is a good thing.

A jury had found him guilty of three charges: assualt with the intent to commit rape, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration of a unconscious person. Some had felt that the sentence of six months was a bit too lenient because the victim read her victim impact statement during sentencing.

Swimming should be the LEAST of his worries. Let me say that again, for those that didn’t hear it the first time. Swinnimg SHOULD be the LEAST of his worries. Six months in the county lockup and then probation? Slap on the wrist. Even with that, he’s going to have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

USA Swimming, not wanting anything to do with Turner, had all but banned him from their midst. In a statement issued by USA Swimming spokesperson Scott Leightman, via an email to USA Today, said that “He (Turner) is not and will not be eligible to compete at any USA Swimming-sanctioned events (which includes this year’s Olympic Trials).” Leightman also said that Turner was not a member of the organiztion at the time of the sexual assault, which took place in January 2015.

“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 has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, with strict Code of Conduct policies in place, and severe penalties, including a permanent ban of membership, for those who violate our Code of Conduct,” Leightman concluded.

Swimmers must be USA Swimming members in order to compete in any USA Swimming event, which includes the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials, the meet that selects the Olympic team every four years.

Brock Turner ruined a young lady’s life because he thought he was above the law. The victim’s impact statement, which was all of 12 pages in length, told the jurors her side of the story. Turner should have learned a lesson from that. Had he exercised some self control that January night, this would probably never happened, let alone see the light of day or be part of a news cycle. Instead, Brock Turner was selfish. Brock Turner was greedy. Brock Turner chose not to listen to his better angels. USA Swimming hit a home run when they cut all ties with him, including any potential future times and cast them out of their group. They did not want even the hint of an alledged rapist resprenting them in Rio this August.

Brock Turner will spend six months in a jail cell, probably segregated from the other prisoners for his own safety and then be out on the streets. Instead of perhaps wearing a gold medal and getting endorsments, he will wear a jailhouse jumpsuit and maybe get to watch Michael Phelps on TV before being let out (he may get credit for good behavior) and then be placed in society, where he could be an even bigger target as a sexual predator. Yes, he has the mark of Cain on his head.

When Brock Turner reports to jail to serve his sentence, the woman that he attacked will have little comfort if any, knowing that he could get out. Six months is nothing. If the presiding judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky had a lick of common sense, he would have given a longer sentence and that sentence would be served in one of California’s major prison. Instead, Turner used his status as a Stanford athlete for a “Get out of jail” card. Persky, who is up for re-election this year, isn’t exactly squeaky clean from all of this. There’s a petition in Santa Clara County, north of San Francisco, to recall him from the bench. That’s good. Let’s go one step further. Suspend his law license for two years, not allow him to be a judge for the rest of his life or disbar him so that another rape victim will never have to deal with him again. What happened in that courtroom was not justice. It was a travesty of justice. This never should have happened. Left up to some, Turner would be doing at least 20 years in either San Quentin, Pelican Bay or Corcoran.

7,244 words. The world found out what and who Brock Turner really was with those 7,244 words. Even Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen in a statement issued Thursday said, “The predatory offender has failed to take responsibility, failed to show remorse and failed to tell the truth. The sentence does not factor in the true seriousness of this sexual assault or the victim’s ongoing trauma.”

We can all Monday Morning Quarterback this case until Christ returns. In the end, Brock Turner got away with what some are calling the closest thing to rape. If USA Swimming stands by their guns, they will never let him be a part of their organiztion. Turner, whose father Dan wrote that his son’s “life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20-plus years of life.” Really. REALLY? Your son attacked a young woman and all but ruined her life and you’re worring that your son’s life will never be the same? REALLY?

Brock Turner will sit in his jail cell and wonder “what if.” Guess what, Brock? Your victim will be doing the same thing and if she never sees your face again, that would make the rest of us happy. Brock Turner acted like a lion while his victim was a helpless gazelle in the African Savannah. Even for six months, he will find himself locked in a cage, being told when to get up, when to eat and when to sleep. Brock… your victim did not deserve her fate and you should have gotten a much longer sentence, a sentence that would all but make you too old to swim for the US. You now have basically the mark of Cain on your head.

It would be a good idea if you laid low for your own good, Brock.

We wish to hear your name no more.

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