NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird, General Counsel Fired Over Paul Riley Indictments

NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird and Attorney General Lisa Levine have been ousted by the league’s board of directors, according to multiple sources. The movements have been communicated to the league’s players, according to multiple sources, and come a day after a report from The athletic detailed allegations of Sexual Coercion Against Former North Carolina Courage Coach Paul Riley.

It is not yet known who could take on either role.

“This week, and much of this season, has been incredibly traumatic for our players and staff, and I take full responsibility for the role that I have played. I am so sorry for the pain that many are feeling,” Commissioner Lisa Baird said during hours. before his expulsion, in a statement that also included news that this weekend’s games it would not be played.

“Recognizing that trauma, we have decided not to go out on the field this weekend to give everyone a space to reflect,” the statement continued.

“Business as usual is not our concern at this time. Our entire league has a lot to heal and our players deserve much better. We have made this decision in collaboration with our players’ association and this hiatus will be the first step as we work collectively. to transform the culture of this league, something that we had long ago. “

The developments come in response to The athleticreport about former players who accused Riley of misconduct that spanned three teams and three leagues, beginning in 2011. Hours after the story came out, Courage ended with Riley for his “very serious misconduct allegations.”

After the news broke Thursday, players across the league criticized the NWSL’s response, saying the league had learned of Riley’s conduct multiple times and failed its players.

“Not once during all this time was the right person protected,” OL Reign and USWNT star Megan Rapinoe said in a tweet.

“The league was informed of these allegations multiple times and repeatedly refused to investigate the allegations,” wrote Alex Morgan of Orlando Pride. “The league must accept responsibility for a process that failed to protect its own players from this abuse.”

For more information on the allegations against Riley, you can read Athletic full story here.

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