Oregon Gov. Kate Brown calls for systemic change in women’s soccer following U.S. Soccer investigation
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called for systemic change at all levels of women’s soccer in the wake of Monday’s report from U.S. Soccer following a yearlong investigation into misconduct and abuse allegations across the National Women’s Soccer League.
Later Tuesday morning, Sen. Ron Wyden called the findings in the report “devastating” and said the allegations left Oregonians “demanding answers immediately.”
Here is Brown’s statement:
“The recent investigation and report by Sally Yates and King & Spalding LLP has documented many disturbing allegations involving sexual abuse and misconduct by individuals employed by teams across the NWSL, including the Portland Thorns. Governor Brown thanks the players named in the report for their courage in stepping forward, telling their stories, and demanding change.
“Governor Brown believes that the type of systemic, sexual abuse and misconduct described by this report must be addressed with systemic change — and an examination of leadership — by the USSF, NWSL, the Thorns, and soccer teams and leagues across the nation, from the professional level down to youth leagues. The allegations deserve a thorough public response from the league and the teams involved, and should be followed with concrete plans to implement real changes across women’s soccer at every level to protect players from abuse and misconduct.
“Women’s soccer is a cherished sport in Oregon, and Thorns games have a special way of bringing together Oregonians. Portland Thorns players are heroes for fans of all ages in Oregon, starting with our youth soccer athletes who hope someday that they, too, will wear a Thorns uniform. Those fans deserve to know that the organization reflects the highest character and integrity when it comes to player safety from sexual misconduct.”
Here is Wyden’s statement:
“The charges outlined in the National Women’s Soccer League report are devastating.
“Management in every workplace has a responsibility to set a no-tolerance standard for sexual misconduct.
“These allegations leave Oregonians demanding answers immediately because the Thorns players, staff and fans across the state deserve far better than the pattern of abuse outlined in this report.”