Red Stars coach Rory Dames quits amid complaints of verbal and emotional abuse: report – .

Red Stars coach Rory Dames quits amid complaints of verbal and emotional abuse: report – .

Longtime Red Stars coach Rory Dames, who stepped down late Sunday night, is at the center of several complaints of verbal and emotional abuse throughout his tenure, according to a Washington Post report released Monday. Dames resigned after the team played in their second straight league game on Saturday.
According to the report, Christen Press, a member of the United States Women’s National Team, along with six other players, said the Dames verbally abused them while playing under her direction. Several players, according to the report, have asked to leave the team because of it.

In 2014, the press contacted USSF President Sunil Gulati about Dames ‘toxic methods, but the press said his concerns were dismissed “by saying that Dames’ behavior was normal for a professional trainer.” according to the report. She also filed a complaint against Dames with US Soccer, which led to an investigation, alleging that he had violated the federation’s policies against “emotional misconduct.”

The investigation resulted in “no apparent action”.

“This type of training has no place in NWSL, youth football or anywhere else,” the NWSL players’ association said in a statement. declaration. “We stand alongside Christen Press, Jen Hoy, Sam Johnson and any player who comes out against abuse of any kind.

“We have said it before and will say it again now: the system failed us. Through our investigation, we will seek the root causes of these systematic failures to prevent this from happening to future generations. “

The Chicago Red Stars released a statement later Monday, saying the team stands “alongside the players who are fiercely pushing for change, and we are committed to doing our part to ensure a safe environment for the players, the League staff, volunteers and fans ”.

“In collaboration with our players, the Chicago Red Stars launched an independent review of player health and safety as well as the team’s culture and work environment several weeks ago,” said the press release. “We intend to implement all of the recommendations from this review that will strengthen our ability to empower our players, ensure everyone’s voice is heard and foster an environment of continued growth. “

Women had coached Chicago since 2011. From 2015 to 2018, he led the Red Stars to the playoffs, losing in the semifinals each season. In 2019, Dames led the team to the NWSL Championship for the first time in team history, where they lost to North Carolina Courage.

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