Bob Bowman, the longtime coach of Michael Phelps and former CEO of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, on Monday acknowledged “poor judgement” for his role in alleged “inappropriate” text messages that a former U.S. Olympic swimmer said were sent to her from his phone.
Last week The Orange County Register reported allegations from Olympic medalist Caroline Burckle, 32, who said she received text messages and a voicemail from a phone belonging to Bowman in May 2011. The paper reported that Burckle said the messages were sent by Bowman and Sean Hutchison, both former U.S. national team coaches, and that she had been “haunted” by the incident.
She also told The Register that Bowman later apologized to her.
Bowman responded Monday to inquiries from The Baltimore Sun, saying in a statement: “I regret the exercise of poor judgment in being involved one evening seven years ago with inappropriate communications.
“I promptly apologized to the person to whom the communications were sent, and my apology was accepted,” he continued. “I have nothing further to say at this time.”