Alex Morgan slams on USA league amid “systematic sexual harassment”
After a sexual harassment allegations outbreak last year, an independent investigation found sexual misconduct was systematic across the USA’s National Women's Soccer League. The USWNT icon criticizes the handling of allegations.
After several reports detailed accusations of sexual and verbal abuse against coaches in the women’s league,U.S. Soccer
commissioned the former deputy attorney general, Yates, and the law firm King&Spalding to hold an independent investigation into the scandal as the report finally was published on Monday. The report found N.W.S.L. owners and coaches keeping a blind eye to years of reports from players regarding sexual harassment.
“Teams, the league and the federation not only repeatedly failed to respond appropriately when confronted with player reports and evidence of abuse, they also failed to institute basic measures to prevent and address it.
Five of the league's coaches were dismissed amid widespread allegations last season asAlex Morgan
, who capped 198 times for the United States, is frustrated by the league's lack of effective protocols.
"She went through all the right steps, and she was failed. She was failed by the system.
"I had helped Mana do the right thing, which was reporting Paul to the league and hoping that they would take action and hold him accountable.
"I never had a team-mate experience that and confide in me the way that she did.
"I couldn't find a HR contact; I couldn't find an anonymous hotline; I couldn't even find an anti-harassment policy that might lay out what he was doing that was reportable."
Revealing she played a key role in lobbying against
becoming USWNT coach, Morgan added:
"I did my part in stopping him from becoming head coach.
"And that was sharing as much information as I could with the people who were in charge of selecting the next head coach.
"The response by U.S. Soccer was no, they had never heard of this misconduct or harassment. Not the report that Mana submitted, not the investigation, and that this was a surprise to them."
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