Blackmun faced heavy pressure and scrutiny for his role and alleged inaction as Nassar’s years of sexual assault involving USA Gymnastics came to light. He resigned from his post in February 2018, citing in part treatment he was receiving for prostate cancer.
“At that time, based on the requirement for new leadership to guide the organization forward, as well as Blackmun's serious health challenges, the board approved a separation agreement, as provided for in his contract,” USOPC board chair Susanne Lyons said Wednesday in a statement.
The filings also revealed that the organization paid $5.2 million for an investigative report into the matter. The investigation’s results, released in December, found that the Olympic committee erred in its response to the allegations against Nassar, the longtime physician for the U.S. women’s gymnastics squad, and was aware of accusations he had been sexually assaulting young athletes more than a year before they became public.
Blackmun first learned of the matter in July 2015, and he later described to investigators a meeting he said he quickly convened in response. Investigators could find no evidence of the meeting and said Blackmun also deleted an email pertaining to Nassar from September 2015. Accusations pertaining to Nassar’s treatment and abuse of gymnasts was first revealed publicly by the Indianapolis Star in August 2016.
The scandal has shaken up the leadership of both USA Gymnastics and the USOPC, which changed its name and branding last month, formally acknowledging Paralympians in its title.
The tax forms paint an otherwise positive financial picture for the United States’ governing body for Olympic sports. The USOPC’s annual report indicated that overall revenue was $317 million in 2018, thanks largely to the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, an increase of $123 million from the previous year. Revenue was also up from 2014 — the year of the preceding Winter Games — by more than 16 percent.
Despite rising administrative costs associated with the Nassar scandal and the ensuing investigation, the USOPC last year managed a profit of $47 million.
The organization’s report also indicated that $270 million went directly toward supporting Team USA athletes.
“The USOPC is currently providing more resources to athletes, [national governing bodies] and sport programming than at any point in our organization’s history,” said Sarah Hirshland, who took over as the USOPC’s chief executive in August. “We’ve also instituted critical reforms that have helped to begin to regain the support of the public, our donors and partners, and that is reflected in the strength of our financial statements.”