We mentioned the other day that CSAC head Armando Garcia was officially “resigning” from his position effective November 18 at a commission meeting. Well, now the reasons why are starting to surface. Apparently, among all the other improprieties Garcia is allegedly guilty of, which I’ll get to in a minute, the big one appears to be a sexual harassment suit. From 15Rounds.com:
Well, a female office technician, Lily Galvez, was observed “hand feeding” Armando and adjusting his attire at events, in the office, and in the field. She also accompanied him on trips. In itself this is third party harassment because others in the office could question perceived favoritism because they chose not to fulfill his every whim.
The problem is that when a couple is so obvious about their in-house affair, it’s not long before the whole crew knows it.
“Everyone said it was a secret and how did I find out?” My source asked. “I told them it was his own office staff that tells all. They’re the first ones to tell the gossip and news.
“Why be tight lipped now? Everyone knows now. It was a stupid thing to do on both parts.”
Apparently Lily cut off the relationship and Garcia continued to pursue it anyway. Taking in account the dozens of interviews and documentation for the articles, I almost feel as if I know Armando on a personal basis. I can only imagine his response for being dumped and rejected in his own office.
In any event, Lily Galvez filed suit charging sexual harassment.
Not much of a surprise, sexual harassment suits are a common occurrence in the workplace these days, but the real question is why in the hell did it take this long to force Garcia out when he was allegedly responsible for much worse?
Fightlinker already posted a lengthy list of all the CSAC’s screw-ups on the MMA side—allowing a HIV positive fighter to fight, re-licensing Mike Kyle, mishandling of steroid cases, etc.—but don’t forget the CSAC oversees boxing, and 15Rounds.com has a list for their sport too (via Fightlinker).
- accepting illegal gifts and contributions from the organizations he was supposed to oversee
- shady accounting practices in regards to expense reports
- insecure handling of huge sums of money
- hiring friends with no qualifications and then overpaying them for time they weren’t working
- creating a hostile environment, insulting refs and judges based on their personal appearance
- Revealing the score of fights to people outside the commission while the fight is still ongoing
What I really have a hard time understanding is how someone who consistently fails at their job gets to keep it. I thought that privilege was only reserved for meteorologists. Apparently not. Government job or not, this “resignation” should have happened a long time ago.