NWSL investigation reportedly discovers misconduct in 'vast majority' of teams
A months-long investigation by the NWSL and its players' union reportedly found misconduct within the "vast majority" of clubs, according to the Washington Post. Yates concluded that "abuse and misconduct had become systemic" within the NWSL in her report. NWSL players reportedly felt discouraged from reporting misconductWednesday's report claims players worked in an environment that "dissuaded them from reporting misconduct." Players reportedly felt "scared and attacked" following one run-in with Clarkson. It vowed to publicly unveil its plan to address all of the recommendations made in Yates' report by Jan. 31, 2023.wftv.com
Portland Thorns, Timbers owner Merritt Paulson steps down as CEO amid Yates report backlash
Following allegations of sexual assault against ex-Portland Thorns coach Paul Rile, Thorns and Timbers owner Merritt Paulson announced his departure as CEO of both soccer teams on Tuesday. "Effective immediately, I am removing myself as CEO of the Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers, and announcing a global search for a CEO of the organization." Paulson released a statement that he was removing himself "from all Thorns decision making" the same day. Club sponsors Tillamook Country Creamery Association, Union Wine Company and Alaska Airlines all announced they were discontinuing their Thorns sponsorship. It remains unclear what next steps will be taken as ripples from the Yates report continue.wftv.com
How Megan Rapinoe, USWNT will cope with 'special' England game amid 'horrifying' report on abuse
Megan Rapinoe and the U.S women's national team emerged from a Wembley Stadium tunnel on Thursday to bathe in beaming sunshine. They stepped out onto a pristine pitch that will stage "something really special," Rapinoe said, a highlight of her and their careers. They came to play a soccer game billed as a beacon of progress and growth. But then, while in transit, U.S. Soccer released the Yates report, the findings of a yearlong investigation that detailed widespread abuse and "failures" throughout women's soccer. And they — along with all those who came before them, and all those who endured unprofessional environments and underinvestment to build women's soccer into what it is today — have earned it.wftv.com
Abuse is rife and 'systemic' in women's soccer. What will U.S. Soccer, NWSL do about it?
Among the emphases of Sally Yates' investigative report on abuse in women's soccer was that the problem is "systemic." "Some of the misconduct dates to predecessor leagues and some to youth soccer. The roots of abuse in women's soccer run deep and will not be eliminated through reform in the NWSL alone." It will be chaired by former USWNT player Danielle Slaton and vice-chaired by longtime youth soccer executive Mike Cullina. Youth Soccer (USYS), U.S. Club Soccer (USCS) and the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).wftv.com
USA Curling: CEO prioritized athlete safety as head of NWSL
EAGAN, Minn. — (AP) — USA Curling says CEO Jeff Plush “acted in accordance with prioritizing the safety of athletes” during his tenure as leader of the National Women's Soccer League, where an investigation uncovered years of systemic emotional abuse and sexual misconduct. The curling board met Monday after a report on the independent investigation into the abuses in women's soccer. Sally Yates, who led the soccer investigation, said Plush did not respond to requests for an interview. In a news release, the curling board said it would “navigate forward in a way that reviews fact and prioritizes safety for all.”U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland sent a letter to staff that said the federation was in contact with USA Curling about the investigations. “Our resolve to make Olympic and Paralympic sport participation safe for everyone guides our work every day,” Hirshland said.wftv.com
Who knew what about Paul Riley's alleged sexual misconduct? Investigation exposes U.S. Soccer, Portland leaders
Here is what they and others knew about Riley, and how they acted, according to the Yates Report. Even so, Paulson told Riley: “This is very serious stuff. During that process, Malik sought out Paulson, and told Yates' investigators that he “specifically asked” Paulson why Riley left Portland. The other U.S. Soccer officials mentioned frequently in the Yates report were the federation's top lawyers, Lisa Levine and Lydia Wahlke. The Yates report indicates, though, that Plush and Levine chose to not circulate the Thorns' investigation results to other teams.wftv.com
US women soccer players endured ‘systemic’ emotional abuse, sexual misconduct, report claims
An investigative report released Monday by the U.S. Soccer Federation alleged that emotional abuse and sexual misconduct have been “systemic” at the highest echelons of women’s professional soccer. According to The New York Times, the report included accounts of one coach calling a player to review game film but showing her pornography instead. “Another (coach) was notorious at the highest levels of women’s soccer for alternately berating his players and then quizzing them about their sex lives,” the newspaper reported. “Players described a pattern of sexually charged comments, unwanted sexual advances and sexual touching, and coercive sexual intercourse,” Yates wrote in the executive summary of her report, adding, “The verbal and emotional abuse players describe in the NWSL is not merely ‘tough’ coaching. They are among the best athletes in the world.”- The Associated Press contributed to this report.wftv.com
Investigation finds 'systemic,' 'heartbreaking' abuse in women's soccer, and failures at highest level of sport
A U.S. Soccer-commissioned investigation into abuse throughout women's soccer unearthed new allegations of verbal, emotional and sexual misconduct at the highest levels of the sport, and found that coaches, executives, the National Women's Soccer League and the federation itself "failed" countless players. U.S. Soccer on Monday released the results of the yearlong investigation, which was led by former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. "Our investigation has revealed a league in which abuse and misconduct-verbal and emotional abuse and sexual misconduct-had become systemic, spanning multiple teams, coaches, and victims," Yates' 172-page report read. Holly, who is male, called a player, Erin Simon, in for a film session and told her that he'd touch “for every pass [she] f***ed up,” according to Yates' report. In a statement alongside the release of Yates' report, U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said: “This investigation’s findings are heartbreaking and deeply troubling.wftv.com
Biden introduces Merrick Garland as attorney general pick
President-elect Joe Biden is set to name Garland as Attorney General. If confirmed by the Senate, which is likely, Garland would take over as the U.S. attorney general at a critical moment for the country and the agency. His confirmation prospects as attorney general were all but ensured when Democrats scored control of the Senate majority by winning both Georgia Senate seats. Biden also introduced three others for senior Justice Department leadership posts on Thursday, including Obama administration homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general and former Justice Department civil rights chief Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general, the No. Garland was selected over other finalists including former Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
AP source: Cuomo among contenders for attorney general pick
In this Nov. 25, 2020, photo provided by the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo speaks in Rochester, N.Y. Cuomo is one of several contenders under consideration by President-elect Joe Biden for the role of attorney general. Andrew Cuomo is one of several contenders under consideration by President-elect Joe Biden for the role of attorney general, a person with knowledge of the search process said Friday. The person was not authorized to discuss the search process by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press. Cuomo has been asked in recent weeks about his interest in the attorney general spot.
Biden's attorney general search is focused on Jones, Garland
WASHINGTON – Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland are emerging as the leading contenders to be nominated as President-elect Joe Biden’s attorney general, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Biden's thinking was described by people with knowledge of the presidential transition's internal thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly. Jones, who is white, has had a long-standing personal relationship with Biden dating back to Biden’s first presidential campaign in 1988. Jones would not comment Tuesday on the possibility of a nomination as attorney general. The Biden team has also been considering a number of other potential candidates for the post, including former Justice Department official Lisa Monaco.
Barr's special counsel move could tie up his successor
WASHINGTON – Outgoing Attorney General William Barr's decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling of the Russia probe ensures his successor won't have an easy transition. But the maneuvering over the special counsel is especially significant because it saddles Democrats with an investigation that they've derided as tainted. A special counsel can only be dismissed for cause. The Biden transition did not respond to a request for comment on the special counsel appointment. But Barr's decision could influence whom the president-elect puts forth as a nominee for attorney general.
GOP presses ahead after election with Russia probe review
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., questions former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, on a probe of the FBI's Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump may have lost his bid for reelection, but that hasn’t stopped Senate Republicans from pressing forward with their politically charged probe of the FBI’s Russia investigation. “This is a last ditch, desperate undertaking to deal with President Trump’s grievances about that election,” Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said of the hearing. Most of the criticism of the Russia investigation has centered on flaws in applications to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Even so, a Justice Department inspector general report from last year concluded that the Russia investigation was opened for a valid and legitimate purpose.
Key takeaways from night 2 of the Democratic convention
In this image from video, former Georgia House Democratic leader Stacey Abrams, center, and others, speak during the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)Sustaining energy through four days of a political convention is never easy. On the second night of the Democratic National Convention, party leaders tried to blend its past with its future. Here are key takeaways from night two. But the 2020 Democratic convention is notable for the consistency of dire warnings about the other partys leader.
Key takeaways from night 2 of the Democratic convention
In this image from video, former Georgia House Democratic leader Stacey Abrams, center, and others, speak during the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)Sustaining energy through four days of a political convention is never easy. On the second night of the Democratic National Convention, party leaders tried to blend its past with its future. During the first two days of the Democratic National Convention, the partys luminaries and even some Republicans have grimly warned the public that he represents a fundamental danger to democracy. But the 2020 Democratic convention is notable for the consistency of dire warnings about the other partys leader.
WHAT TO WATCH: Democrats adapt roll call, keynote to virus
In this image from video, people from across the U.S. sing the National Anthem during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)LAS VEGAS The pageantry often associated with presidential conventions will be remade again as Democrats gather virtually for a second day. The roll call vote of state delegations, which typically unfolds over several hours of fanfare, will instead be abbreviated Tuesday. BUT FIRST, BILLA speech from Bill Clinton is among the traditions that Democrats are including in Tuesday nights programming. The roll call will go alphabetically through the 57 states, territories and the Democrats Abroad delegation, meaning Alabama will lead off.