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July 3, 2006

A Liar Is The Newest President Of The N.A.D.

From: - Jul 3, 2006

Press Release - July 3, 2006

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By Rafael Pinkhasov Pinchas, CISS Ombudsman

New York, USA – This afternoon an official announcement was made that Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins was voted as the newest President by the delegates of the just-concluded 48th Biennial Conference of the USA National Association of the Deaf ( “NAD” ) held in Palm Desert, California.


Photo: Bobbie Beth Scoggins - is she an ideal choice for the NAD Presidency?

While Scoggins is now receiving congratulatory messages from many people around the country, this Ombudsman, a long-time watcher of the deaf world affairs and authority on the history of the CISS and Deaflympic Games, however, perceives her NAD Presidency election victory in a very different manner.

Scoggins is a familiar figure to our international deaf sports movement as between 1995 and 2005 she occupied the key positions in the United States Deaf Sports Federation ( “USADSF” ).

The eloquent position of this Ombudsman is that the election of Scoggins as the NAD President is a highly-questionable, illogical and unjustified one!

Firstly, this Ombudsman questions Scoggins’ integrity and honesty.

Namely, in 2004, in order to gain her coveted wish of being selected as the Olympic Torch Relay runner, the three major and influential publications – The Kentucky Courier-Journal, The Kentucky Herald-Leader and The CISS e-News Magazine – glorified Scoggins’ name by reporting on their pages that Scoggins was “a silver medal winner in swimming” at the Deaflympic Summer Games in 1973. The Kentucky Courier-Journal on its May 14, 2004, issue also labeled Scoggins as “a Deaflympics star.”

The truth, however , was that Scoggins never won any medal in the sport of swimming in any Deaflympic Games.

In addition, what kind of “a Deaflympics star” was Scoggins?

Again, the truth was that Scoggins never was such a star at all: at the 1973 Deaflympic Summer Games held in Sweden she finished next to the last place in the preliminary heat of the women’s 400 meter free style event and at the 1977 Deaflympic Summer Games held in Romania she was a substitute and seldom-used player for the women’s USA volleyball team.

In comparison, Scoggins’ non-deaf sports administration counterpart – Sandra Baldwin as the then President of the USA Olympic Committee ( “USOC” ) - in 2002 was caught by a journalist for doing an improper thing: in her resume Baldwin lied about her academic credentials.

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Photo: Sandra Baldwin - she left her top USOC job after she was caught for her act of lying.

When caught for doing such an act of lying, Baldwin, unlike Scoggins, immediately, unselfishly, voluntarily and in tears resigned from her top USOC position and went into obscurity!

Secondly, this Ombudsman questions Scoggins’ previous work performance in the national organization such as the USADSF ( she was the USADSF President between 1997 and 2005 ).

In spite of the fact that Scoggins continues to ably showcase herself in public as a slick ASL
( American Sign Language ) talker, it is the opinion of this Ombudsman that she administered the USADSF affairs in an incompetent, messy and negligent way.

Here is the randomly-selected list, which will vividly demonstrate the poor, stagnant and unprofessional work Scoggins did on behalf of the USADSF as its President in the last few years:

- since April 1, 2000 and to this day, USADSF has been failing to fully comply with the many rules of the CISS Constitution, including its 10% annual membership dues penalty non-payment;

- USADSF allowed its representatives and Scoggins' cronies to obtain various high-level positions in the CISS ( Donalda Ammons as the Secretary General and President, Jerald Jordan as the Chairman of the Legal Commission and others ) in blatant violation of the CISS Constitution rules;

- USA teams and their athletes at the last three Deaflympic Games in 2001 ( Italy ), 2003
( Sweden ) and 2005 ( Australia ) won all the medals – gold, silver and bronze – undeserverdly, illegally and in complete non-compliance of the rules of the CISS Constitution and Deaflympic Games Regulations;

- in 2002, the women’s USA basketball team won the world’s championship title in clear breach of the CISS Constitution and Deaf World Championships Regulations rules;

- in 2003, the state of Utah, through the USADSF, was awarded the organization of the 16th Deaflympic Winter Games for 2007 in total non-adherence of the rules of the CISS Constitution and Deaflympic Games Regulations;

- one major sports organization – the USA Deaf Basketball ( USADB ) with whom Scoggins had an uneasy working relationship – recently disaffiliated from the USADSF, which has, as a result, substantially reduced the membership base for the USADSF itself.

Another administrative wrongdoing Scoggins committed in the USADSF structure was that in 2004 she raided the special Investment Fund of the USADSF, without approval of its organization’s House of Delegates, by grabbing out of it $150,000.00 ( one hundred fifty thousands dollars ) in order to pay unauthorized expenses of some of her people going to Melbourne, Australia, the site of the 2005 Deaflympic Summer Games.

By intransigently defying the certain CISS rules and by managing to field a sizeable delegation of 207 persons, including 172 athletes, to the 2005 Deaflympic Summer Games ( the Scoggins-led USA delegation was the largest one at these Games ), the whole USA team , especially in swimming, track and field, tennis and wrestling, performed very disastrously – it earned an aggregate of just 32 medals, including 8 gold, at the Games.

This total medal result performance by the USA team was the worst ever result in the Games’ history in 44 years, that is, since 1961, which was innately regarded as a shame, humiliation and embarrassment to this always-proud and sports-mad world super power nation – the USA.

Finally, because of Scoggins’ irresponsible, biased and discriminatory treatment of this Ombudsman as a candidate for the application position of the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 2007 Deaflympic Winter Games, the USADSF is still engaged in a very costly litigation matter vs. this Ombudsman before the USA District Court for the District of South Dakota in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Thus, did the delegates at the NAD Conference, who voted for Scoggins as their new President, know all the facts mentioned above, did not they? Did they carefully scrutinize Scoggins’ past, did not they?

The major question of this release is that:

Is Scoggins, by concealing her shady past, including her act of chicanery to the media and her improprieties and mismanagement of the USADSF affairs, an ideally appropriate role model for any deaf - old and young - leader of local, national and international stature?