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SBD Global/June 3, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Swimming Australia President Barclay Nettlefold Resigns Over Inappropriate Comment
Published June 3, 2013
PERSONALITY ATTACK: In Sydney, Laine Clark reported Nettlefold's claim that he was the victim of a ''personality attack'' might be investigated, but not the comments that led to the Swimming Australia president's resignation on Sunday. SA CEO MARK ANDERSON said that "an inquiry into claims of inappropriate behaviour by Nettlefold had been dropped after he fell on his sword." Nettlefold said on Sunday: ''Obviously, there is a personality attack on me and that needs to be dealt with internally.'' Asked about the comment, Anderson said: ''We reserve the right to investigate further, and we will take our time to do that" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/3). In Sydney, Dunn & Langmaid reported Nettlefold's wife, TINA NETTLEFOLD, has defended her husband, saying that "he has no history of making lewd comments." He was alleged to have called himself a "donkey" in reference to physical endowment. Tina Nettlefold said such "schoolyard comments," including reference to a woman's breasts, were not in Nettlefold's character and were part of a personal grudge against him. She claimed that the allegations "were a conspiracy to oust her husband after he made changes which might have upset entrenched views within the sport's bureaucracy." Tina Nettlefold: "Someone's toes have been stepped on and they didn't like it" (HERALD SUN, 6/3).