It looks like John Furlong will speak at a UBC scholarship breakfast next month after all.
The University had previously cancelled his keynote speech because of ‘certain allegations’ and replaced him with University President Santa Ono.
In a statement, Ono says the school is making right a “…well-intentioned but incorrect decision to cancel John’s speaking engagement in the first place.”
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Furlong was caught up in controversy after abuse allegations were made against him in a 2012 article.
He’s consistently said he is innocent, an RCMP investigation into those allegations never led to charges and nothing was ever proven in court.
In a statement, Furlong says hr considers participating in the event a “privilege and an honor.”
“I’ll do my very best to deliver an address worthy of this community celebration elevating student athletics and the power of sport.”
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He says he’s very grateful to everyone who overwhelmed him and his family with support in the past two weeks.
“I respect and appreciate that President Ono and Board Chair Stuart Belkin have shown decisive leadership, making a wrong decision right.”
Furlong hopes they can leave the whole thing behind them and focus on a record attendance and financial success.