GEORGE H. MORRIS BANNED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
American trainer since on Monday on the list of permanently banned
An outcry went trough the Equestrian World as the New York Times hit the headlines with George Morris who received a lifetime ban over allegations of sexual misconduct.
George Morris is an American legend of show jumping, who after a brilliant career, topped with individual Olympic silver in 1960, has become an iconic trainer and coach for the US and later also the Brazilian team.
Now all seems to be over as he has been barred for life from the United States Equestrian Federation as a result of an investigation carried out by the United States Center for SafeSport who accuse him for “sexual misconduct involving a minor”.
On Monday, August 5th 2019 his name appeared on the list of permanently banned by the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) for violations of the SafeSport Code or Federation Rules (CLICK here to be redirected to the list).
Mr. Morris responded to the accuses with a bulk email stating the following:
“I am deeply troubled by the U.S. Center for SafeSport's findings regarding unsubstantiated charges for events that allegedly occurred between 1968 & 1972. I contest these findings wholeheartedly and am in the process of disputing them. I have devoted my life to equestrian sport and the development of future riders, coaches and Olympians. Any allegations that suggest I have acted in ways that are harmful to any individual, the broader equestrian community, and sport that I love dearly are false and hurtful.
I share our community's commitment to protecting the safety and wellbeing of all our athletes who need reliable guidance and encouragement at every level, of which I have provided for over 50 years. I will continue, as I always have, to proudly support equestrianism and its continued development around the world. “
Safe Sports is conducting a real wave of investigations, and only in June Robert Gage, a champion equestrian from California, committed suicide while fighting a suspension for sexual misconduct with a number of minors. The case of Mr. Morris’ has reached by now the graetest echelon reachec by those investigations.