NWSL players call for Chicago Red Stars owner to sell team after reports of misconduct


Players for the Chicago Red Stars have referred to as on owner Arnim Whisler to sell his stake within the team following a disturbing report into misconduct within the National Women’s Soccer League.

The players issued a joint assertion Monday, a transfer that comes after the Red Stars’ board of administrators voted final week to take away Whisler as chairman and forbid him from participation in team operations.

“We are united with the Board of Directors of their choice to take away Whisler from the group fully and look ahead to discovering a brand new majority owner who will help us notice the complete potential that we as players at all times knew existed for this membership,” the players’ assertion mentioned.

The NWSL additionally introduced Monday that it’s terminating the contracts of Orlando Pride coach Amanda Cromwell and assistant Sam Greene following a league investigation into verbal abuse, favouritism and retaliation inside the membership. Cromwell and Greene had been on administrative go away since June.

Last week, former performing U.S. Attorney General Sally Q. Yates launched the report into allegations of abuse within the NWSL. Yates and the regulation agency King & Spaulding had been retained by U.S. Soccer to examine these claims.

The investigation discovered emotional abuse and sexual misconduct are systemic within the league.

“In nicely over 200 interviews, we heard report after report of relentless, degrading tirades; manipulation that was about energy, not bettering efficiency; and retaliation towards those that tried to come ahead,” Yates wrote in her report. “Even extra disturbing had been the tales of sexual misconduct. Players described a sample of sexually charged feedback, undesirable sexual advances and sexual touching, and coercive sexual activity.”

The Yates report targeted primarily on three groups — the Red Stars, the Portland Thorns and Racing Louisville — and the way reports of inappropriate behaviour had been dealt with.

Chicago’s head coach, Rory Dames, resigned following the 2021 season when the Washington Post printed allegations of verbal and emotional abuse.

Dames was one of 5 NWSL coaches who both had been fired or resigned final season amid allegations of misconduct.

North Carolina coach Paul Riley, who had additionally been coach of the Thorns, was accused in September 2021 of sexual coercion and harassment by two former players. Riley was fired and NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird stepped down within the aftermath.

Riley was coach of the Thorns in 2014 and 2015. After the team seemed into complaints about his behaviour, Riley’s contract was not renewed and the Thorns reported the allegations to the NWSL’s entrance workplace. But Portland didn’t publicly reveal the explanations for their choice and Riley went on to coach elsewhere within the league. Riley denies the allegations.

In response to the Yates report, Portland dismissed two high executives. Owner Merritt Paulson additionally mentioned he would not take an lively position within the day-to-day operations of the team.

Alaska Airlines, sponsor of the Thorns and the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, introduced it was redirecting sponsorship funds for the quarter to the NWSL Players Association’s “Support the Players Emergency Trust” fund and to youth sports activities within the Portland group.

Thorns ahead Sophia Smith, who’s coaching with the U.S. nationwide team for a match Tuesday in Spain, mentioned she hoped the followers would prove to the membership’s playoff sport Oct. 23. Her plea comes as some supporters have mentioned they’d not attend video games.

“I feel finally followers not exhibiting up impacts the players greater than it impacts anybody. Talking to some of my teammates, we’d nonetheless actually like folks to present up and help us,” Smith mentioned. “Because on the finish of the day, even by all of this, we nonetheless have to step on the sector and carry out and play soccer. I feel our greatest factor could be, is we wish to try this in entrance of our followers as a result of that is one of the constructive issues that now we have left in Portland and one thing that we at all times look ahead to.”

The NWSL and the players affiliation are at present conducting their very own investigation into misconduct within the league.


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