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Banned from coaching candidate for life. And he has gone into hiding Teed denies a much of the reporting that I've done Through his lawyer although his lawyer would not indicate exactly what he denied I received one statement from from his lawyer while we were preparing this and since then we have not heard anything from day. Scott Thomas what does it do going forward to this kind of tight knit community? There's an Olympics coming up later. This year presumably were sending a lot of these runners to the Olympics. What happens in a in a world like that when something like this goes down? I don't feel good about this because I'm not I? I'm a runner myself. I care deeply about this community but someone said to me that this is kind of the most damaging thing that's happened to track and candidates and spend Johnson and ripple effects of this have been significant There are multiple potential Olympians training wealth. At the time they have Scattered and within the community itself. It's really divided people There are the G- wealth alumni on one side who in many cases were victimized. I mean one thing we've not really talked about was in the aftermath of the Mega Brown situation. Dave Thomas Sort of distanced himself from very vulnerable athletes and actually became a fairly cruel coach to certain. Type of athlete of a vulnerable impressionable. Young most usually female athlete and a win at all cost mentality. Kind of developed with all of his success was in that aftermath. But it was kind of created this like Meat Grinder an athlete Meat Grinder at the university in order to gain that success. And so you've got this whole series of alumni From his program that had their own traumatic experience and they are now left answering questions and being criticized by others in the running community who feel as though they enabled Mr Scott Thomas or perhaps should have known something or done. More blown the whistle So there's been an incredible amount of unfortunate infighting in the running community and candidates. It's really torn the community apart. What happens next? Is there a way that a community as a whole can get past us or is just going to have to play itself out be fractured for a while? I mean I think the running community is a particularly vulnerable. One when it comes to predatory behavior. It's an individualistic sport highly. Self-motivated kids really like precocious vulnerable. Kids get involved running. I mean writings a really weird support. Especially when you're young you're suffering. I mean it's yeah it's a it's a sport we're like. Know Team Sports. You you go do laps punishment right. So you're you're there's a certain type of kid who excels at running So what we're seeing now is first of all. Were having to deal with a reckoning a reckoning of coaches and position of power who have abused that power predominantly male. Older male coaches in younger. Female Athletes This is greater story that I'm exploring in sport right now. And so there's that wrecking that has that has to take place where we have to create A safer environment for young athletes. So there's that conversation then there's the conversation of what to do about like there's a lot of blame kind of finger pointing going on right now and getting past that healing those wounds as well It's it's going to be significant and I don't really know how you get through that. I think there needs to be a lot of dialogue a lot of open conversation. And that's tough because when you attempt to have that conversation on social media it often turns quite negative. I don't know exactly where we go from here. But my hope is that this will open up a positive conversation about how to to make sports safer and To allow good coaches to succeed and flourish and to weed out bad coaches which I think there are. I mean getting a lot of tips since the since the story was published so unfortunately at least they're giving you the tips. Yeah I'm exploring a lot of avenues right now in both track and even outside of track..