Suzy Favor Hamilton's prostitution admission has her name stripped from Big Ten female athlete of the year award

suzy-favor-hamilton-prostitution-big-ten-female-athlete-of-the-year-award.jpg Suzy Favor Hamilton was a middle distance runner who competed for the University of Wisconsin and represented the U.S. at three Summer Olympic games. She won Big Ten female athlete of the year three straight times starting in 1988, which earned her the privilege of having the award named after her.

Until her admission of working as a $600-an-hour escort in Las Vegas.

Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman tells the AP that Suzy Favor Hamilton's name was removed from the award after discussions between the league and the University of Wisconsin.

Favor Hamilton apologized for her actions in a series of tweets last December, after a report on the Smoking Gun revealed her work as a prostitute. She writes:

I realize I have made highly irrational choices and I take full responsibility for them. I am not a victim here and knew what I was doing.

I was drawn to escorting in large part because it provided many coping mechanisms for me when I was going through a very challenging time with my marriage and my life. It provided an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life.

I do not expect people to understand, but the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression. As crazy as I know it seems, I never thought I would be exposed, therefore never hurting anybody.

I have been seeking the help of a psychologist for the past few weeks and will continue to do so after I have put things together. I cannot emphasize enough how sorry I am to anyone I have hurt as a result of my actions and greatly appreciate the support from family and those closest to me. I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend.

Favor Hamilton had also previously told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that she has frequently struggled with depression, eating disorders and the pressure to be the best, including admitting to taking a dive during her race at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
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