Last month we introduced you to Fletcher Thornton, a member of USA Judo’s executive board. No we didn’t literally introduce you to this guy, that would be a little scary - especially if you were a teenage girl.
We introduced you to the allegations that Thornton drugged and sexually molested teenagers he had coached in the late 1970s. The allegations that came to light as a result of a blog post written by one of USA Judo’s top athletes, Ronda Rousey on her own Web site and message posted on JUDO FORUM. Along with these allegations, Rousey also mentioned that USA Judo had ignored the accusations against Thornton.
Today THE NEW YORK TIMES reports that Thornton has resigned, “A statement by USA Judo said that Thornton resigned Friday, effective at midnight. He was in Orlando, Fla., to referee Junior Olympic matches at Walt Disney World on Friday.”