BRISTOL, Connecticut, December 19. OUTSIDE The Lines, the top truly journalistic entity within the ESPN family of networks, entertainment shows and sports broadcasting, will be featuring the Greg Winslow story this weekend.
The focus of the story seems to be on Whitney Lopus’ continued sexual abuse allegations against Winslow, her head coach at Sun Devil Aquatics and at the University of Utah. Additionally, early preview information looks to have OTL focusing on issues with Winslow while he coached at the University of Utah, including issues some former swimmers have with Utah’s now-concluded investigation into allegations of Winslow’s poor treatment of swimmers.
Arizona State University’s police department first investigated Lopus’ allegations of sexual abuse late last year and into this year. Once news broke on the eve of the Pacific 12 Championships regarding the police investigation, Winslow was put on leave from the University of Utah and later let go from his position as the head coach.
The original police report created by Arizona State University alleged that Winslow, who was 32 at the time, had inappropriate contact with Lopus starting at the age of 15. The police report detailed a confrontation call between the former swimmer and Winslow where Winslow apparently apologized for “rubbing [the victim's] breasts.” However, the report details how the recording of the confrontation call wound up having technical difficulties, which may have called into question the entire recording.
Winslow was later interviewed by ASU detectives, who were in the room during the confrontation call with the alleged victim, and Winslow admitted only to apologizing to help the alleged victim with her drug rehab. He stated in the report that he “never fondled for sure. A hundred percent for sure never fondled” the alleged victim.
While ASU detectives interviewed several former teammates as well as the alleged victim’s family members that were also members of Sun Devil Aquatics, it never could find someone to corroborate the initial allegations other than that the alleged victim and Winslow spent a lot of time together inside his office.
The allegations also detailed that no direct sexual conduct occurred other than touching outside of the clothes. The allegations first came to light after an apparent suicide attempt last summer by Lopus.
The OTL airing the Winslow story will be on ESPN2 on Sunday at 8 a.m. ET. Swimming World assisted ESPN by providing some material that may appear in the airing.