Hall of Fame Suspends Bob Hewitt

By Rizwana Sheik Umar and Sapa (excerpted)

Durban – Tennis great Bob Hewitt has been dropped from the South African Hall of Fame in the wake of his suspension from the International Tennis Hall of Fame after a probe of claims that he sexually abused girls he coached.

This came as International Hall of Fame chief executive, Mark Stenning, announced a unanimous vote on Wednesday to suspend him indefinitely after an outside investigation deemed credible the allegations of several women who said they were abused by Hewitt while he was coaching them decades ago.

“His legacy ceases to exist in the Hall of Fame,” Stenning said. “As of today, his plaque will be removed from the Hall of Fame. His name will be removed from our website and all other materials, and from the perspective of the Hall of Fame, he ceases to be a Hall of Famer.”

Attorney Michael Connolly of the firm Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, who the Hall hired to conduct the inquiry, said he interviewed more than 24 people over several months.

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