Lloyd Ward: Victim or Villain?

In an exclusive interview, the former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO tells his side about what led to his ouster. Was it a nasty campaign to discredit him, or did his unpopular business practices and management style derail his career?

about the plan.No deal was struck.

05.2002
Ward requests that his ally, USOC President Sandy Baldwin, resign after it is revealed she misrepresented her credentials by stating that she earned a doctorate degree that she did not have.

07.2002
Ward signs the USOC Annual Disclosure Certification, denying any conflicts of interest.

08.2002
Marty Mankamyer, an opponent of Ward, becomes USOC president. She immediately notifies USOC Ethics Oversight Committee Chairman Kenneth Duberstein about reports of allegations concerning Ward. The allegations are found to be false.

10.2002
The Ethics Oversight Committee reviewed the allegations that were made concerning Ward’s involvement with EMT. Former USOC Ethics Compliance Officer Patrick Rodgers alleges that Ward tried to steer business to his brother’s company.

12.2002
News of the USOC ethics panel investigation of Ward is leaked to the press. Calls for Ward’s resignation begin

01.2003
USOC President Mankamyer is linked to the press leaks and is accused of obstructing the investigation. Mankamyer is asked to resign. She agrees, but then refuses. The independent ethics panel concludes that Ward “created the appearance of a conflict of interest,” but did not violate the USOC ethics code.

02.2003
Mankamyer resigns as USOC president. The USOC executive board gives Ward an exemplary job review, but withholds his $184,800 bonus because of the results of the ethics investigation. New allegations surface, charging that Ward improperly billed travel expenses for himself and his wife. No wrongdoing is found.

03.2003
Ward resigns as CEO of the USOC.

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