Doing all the things
The issue with Harding and why she ended up at the Olympics even though USFS didn't want her there is that there was evidence that she was involved in the attack from the beginning (an attack that was supposed to maim her competitor) but the prosecutor decided to go for a plea deal rather than leave it to the vagarities of a jury trial. So USFS saw damning evidence, believed she was involved, but were between a rock and hard place in terms of keeping her off the team. Kerrigan also saw the evidence that the FBI had and said she has no doubt Tonya was involved.Did they? I didn't think Tonya was found guilty of anything as concrete as that which is why I asked the questions. I know it's wikipedia but that simply says she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution and that was it. The USFSA disciplinary hearing was based on lack of sportsmanship and ethical behaviour which is quite a far cry from committing a violent criminal act.
So there is what was proved via the justice system (which is in Wikipedia) and there was what reasonable people believe having seen more evidence than what the public saw (not in Wikipedia but reported in the media).
You can be fired but would you be prevented from working somewhere else? I don't think you ended up in a database of offenders or have a criminal record so I would say that most likely you can. A Lifetime ban from skating means you have to have a different career now.I am a mandated reporter and have had to call CPS many times. You can be fired for not reporting. A 2 year suspension is a slap on the wrists.
I believe in restorative justice and I would normally be okay with 2 years with a year of probation afterward along with some kind of training and community service. The reason the sentence bugs in this case is that the coaches are so clearly unrepentant. You can't have restorative justice if the perpetrator doesn't apologize and admit guilt; that's the first step.
That is totally not why she received a lifetime ban. It was because there was evidence that she knew about the attacks beforehand and actively participated in a plan to maim a fellow competitor.It's not right but Tonya received a lifetime suspension because the victim (Nancy Kerrigan) was pushed as USFA's ice princess. The victim here is an anonymous teen without name or brand recognition.
Insiders from that time will tell you that Nancy wasn't particularly liked, btw. (And have said so in a public forum which is why I know about it.) Whether for good reason or not is definitely debatable, of course. But apparently Nancy had a prickly personality or was perceived as such. I think USFS would have embraced Tonya if she had buckled down, kept the 3X, and dazzled at Nationals. Unfortunately, she was a bit of a wildcard which made USFS nervous and then she didn't do those things to make them less nervous.
I see it as USFS having two skaters who could medal both of which were not their first choice. Tonya claimed Nancy got preferential treatment and was the golden girl but Nancy was the reigning National Champion and only got what the reigning National Champion normally got, nothing else.