Patrick J. Rodgers, the U.S. Olympic Committee's ethics compliance officer, resigned Wednesday, the second high-profile resignation from a USOC position sparked by the policy-making executive committee's decision Monday to take no action against Chief Executive Lloyd Ward in an ethics-related controversy.
"I cannot possibly teach ethics, counsel individuals on ethical behavior or promote a code that is not practiced or enforced by the leadership of the organization," Rodgers said in a telephone interview.
A USOC ethics board report made public Monday said that Ward had "created the appearance of a conflict of interest" after directing USOC staff to make introductions on behalf of Detroit-based Energy Management Technologies to Pan Am organizers in the Dominican Republic, site of the 2003 Games. The company had ties to Ward's brother and a childhood friend. No contract has been signed.
The report, however, recommend no disciplinary action, and the executive committee took none.
Brian Derwin of USA Weightlifting, a former member of the USOC's ethics oversight committee, resigned Monday from the 22-person executive committee and a variety of other USOC positions. He said he believed "there was a clear conflict of interest violation."