Thomas Seneke, Media 365: Posted on Thursday October 6, 2022 at 10:58 am
Things are going under the organizational chart of the Portland Thorns, the first franchise to act publicly after revelations of sexual abuse in women’s soccer in the United States. The sports director, in particular, is fired.
In Portland, athletic director Gavin Wilkinson and business manager Mike Golub have been fired after a shocking investigation that rocked American women’s football, which exposed systematic sexual abuse with a 172-page report that included interviews with more than 200 players. “Sexual comments, twists, unwanted touching and forced relationships” go far beyond the professional tournament alone, but are also about youth teams. Within the Thorns franchise, far from being the only one involved, the athletic director has been accused of concealing the actions of his former coach Paul Riley, despite receiving a warning letter in 2015 from his player Mana Shim.
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The manager was fired, but Gavin Wilkinson allowed New York to recruit him – only to end up firing him last month, after all these revelations. The commercial director, was fired for bad behavior, after in 2013 he asked the coach in his place (Cindy Barlow Kohn) what he had to do so he could sleep with her. The latter is now the president of the American Federation, and it was she who launched the investigation in question in 2020.
Tuesday, Its owner, Merritt Paulson, had earlier announced his retirement from his duties in PortlandThese chain reactions can cause further disruptions to various franchises or other targeted clubs. According to the report, “very heartbreaking and disturbing” in the words of the president, they would therefore be quite a lot.
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