Someone should write a book. Something like “The MeToo Perps’ Painfully Predictable Non-Apologies”. Possible subtitle, “Their Inability to Understand the Harm They’ve Caused”.
Chapter 53, Alberto Salazar.
“My foremost goal as a coach was to promote athletic performance in a manner that supported the good health and well-being of all my athletes. On occasion, I may have made comments that were callous or insensitive over the course of years of helping my athletes through hard training. If any athlete was hurt by any comments that I have made, such an effect was entirely unintended, and I am sorry.”
“On occasion, I may have. . .”
For shit’s sake, you either did or didn’t Alberto, so either don’t apologize or drop the tentative “may have” bullshit.
“. . . callous or insensitive. . . “
That doesn’t sound so bad. The most timid of adjectives given the allegations. Why does the (alleged) perp get to label his behavior instead of the victims of the abuse?
“IF any athlete was hurt by any comments that I have made. . . “
Thus creating the suggestion that the problem is in their heads. In the initial draft his lawyers probably rewrote, I wouldn’t be surprised if he asked, “Why are they so damn sensitive?”
“. . . hurt by any comments I made”
The classically vague, non-apology apology. Salazar can’t bring himself to acknowledge anything specific that did cause significant pain. Again then, why say anything at all?
He wraps up his non-apology this way:
“I do dispute, however, the notion that any athlete suffered any abuse or gender discrimination while running for the Oregon Project.”
The ultimate power play, the abuser defining what constitutes abuse.
After a close reading of his words, it’s obvious that Salazar is more defiant than remorseful. Sadly, he has lots of company.