Accusations and rumors are tough to handle on a daily basis and even more so when your reputation is at stake. I grew up learning a good reputation can be more valuable than money. Recently, Dave Sevigny’s integrity has come into question. In a situation out of his control, gossip and rumors abound questioning the character and actions of a very close friend of ours. An innocent man now can set the record straight and let his voice be heard. Gossip can be infectious and destroy a person’s life. We are proud to see him standing strong and we know he will continue to succeed and perform like the champion we all know and love.
Public Statement by Dave Sevigny, 9/28/11
Now that my 2011 season is over I wish to address what at least one person has referred to as “the elephant in the room”.
Please rest assured, I am as shocked as anyone regarding the accusations involving Billy Abbate and a fifteen year old minor. It has been incredibly hurtful to hear some people are speculating that I may have also been involved. Nothing could be further from the truth. Let me be clear: I am not a suspect, nor will I ever be. I also was not a witness to any inappropriate behavior between the two, nor did I have any reason to suspect much less know that Abbate was engaging in a secret and illegal affair with the minor girl.
I have heard criticisms that I somehow should have known about the secret relationship between the minor and Mr. Abbate. I don’t see how, especially when I was not told the truth about their “friendship”. In fact, the family of the minor and Mr. Abbate had a closer relationship than I ever did with either party. I have also heard rumors that I engaged in lewd or distasteful acts with the minor. Rest assured, these disgusting rumors are patently false. I don’t know if a specific individual is purposely spreading lies or if people are just widely speculating that I must somehow be involved because of my recent departure from my old sponsor. Regardless, I want to set the record straight and hope this puts an end to these sickening rumors.
Throughout my eleven year association with my former sponsor (eight years of which I served as an employee), I was completely loyal to the company. I acted as a mentor to numerous shooting team members and built a winning record of 150+ major championship wins using products from this company. I am proud of what I have accomplished. Some have said that I am taking the rest of the year off. While I am done competing this season by choice, I will rise above this unfortunate incident and will work hard on building a brand that will endure, just like I did before.
With character, integrity and the principles of a true champion, Dave Sevigny will come out ahead of the crowd. We know Dave will be a winning asset to any brand who supports him and will continue to win national championships. He’s a remarkable athlete, a good person and a true friend. Don’t fall for the rumors or accusations.