TOKYO — Alen Hadzic, the U.S. fencer underneath investigation for sexual misconduct, acknowledged he confronted two of his teammates who on Friday wore pink face masks in an apparent protest of Hadzic being allowed to take half in the Olympics.
Hadzic, the alternate on the U.S. men’s epee team, wore a sunless cowl during introductions whereas his teammates wore the pink masks.
“They by no come asked me for my facet of the legend,” Hadzic instructed USA TODAY Sports. “They by no come asked for proof or how I felt.”
Hadzic, 29, used to be hasty suspended in June by the U.S. Center for SafeSport after three ladies folks instructed investigators he committed sexual misconduct against them between 2013 and 2015, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY Sports.
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An arbitrator overturned the non everlasting suspension closing month, allowing Hadzic to join the U.S. Olympic fencing team. Hadzic has denied the allegations.
On Friday, Hadzic acknowledged, he and the three other U.S. men’s epee fencers were waiting to be introduced before their match against Japan when teammate Curtis McDowald handed out masks — a sunless one for Hadzic and pinks masks for the three other fencers.
“I correct be conscious thinking it could most likely perhaps perhaps be kind of foolish if I stood obtainable with a sunless cowl and I asked them in the event that that they had an additional (pink) one, and additionally they rush, ‘Oh, no,’ ” Hadzic acknowledged.
Jackie Dubrovich, a member of the U.S. fencing team, wrote on her Instagram legend: “Performative activism would now not take care of the subject at hand right here. … Female athletes were now not regain and our security used to be deemed unimportant.”
After the U.S. team misplaced its match to Japan, Hadzic acknowledged, someone despatched him a characterize of him wearing a sunless cowl and standing alongside his three teammates wearing pink masks.
“It wasn’t in truth till I seen that image from the exterior gaze that I realized what used to be going on,” he acknowledged.
Hadzic acknowledged he used to be unable to monitor down McDowald, however that he confronted his two other epee teammates, Jake Hoyle and Yeisser Ramirez.
“I correct instructed (Hoyle) I used to be frankly embarrassed to be his teammate,” Hadzic acknowledged. “I used to be embarrassed to face up there with him.”
Of Ramirez, Hadzic acknowledged, “I chewed him out over it. I instructed him it wasn’t frigid.”
The three teammates and USA Fencing did now not instantly respond to requests for observation.