NWSL players speak out after investigation reveals misconduct

After the results of an independent investigation into systemic emotional abuse and sexual harassment scandals in the National Women’s Soccer League were revealed Monday, players spoke out against owners who oversaw and allowed such abuse to take place.

The investigation, conducted by former U.S. Attorney General Sally Q. Yates and the law firm King & Spaulding, found that league-wide abuse was rooted in a deeper culture in women’s soccer, beginning with youth leagues, that normalizes verbally abusive coaching and blurs the lines between coaches and players.”

“I believe that when serious charges are brought against you and you ignore us,” wrote Sydney Leroux of Angel City FC. “You should have absolutely nothing to do with this sport ever again. Period.”

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