Football legend Abby Wambach takes responsibility for the fact that, as a player, she did not manage to “express herself publicly or defy the status quo”.
“Over the years I have played on more than one team owned or trained by men who were emotionally and verbally abusive and dehumanizing,” she wrote on a Twitter post. “I am deeply sorry for all the players who have been injured in the sport we all love.”
– Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) October 11, 2021
Several players have come forward in the past weeks and months detailing allegations of abuse by coaches within the NWSL.
Most recently, Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shim signed up detailed allegations of abuse from former North Carolina Courage Coach Paul Riley.
“I wish I’d had the guts of Sinead, Kaiya, and Mana during my season to speak publicly and demand change,” she said. “I stand by their side now and together with them demand the transparency, accountability and fairness that our sport has long needed.”
In the past, Wambach was criticized for supporting former magicJack owner Dan Borislow, who was accused of mistreating his players. Wambach played and trained for Borislow.
After the Women’s Professional Soccer League (the NWSL’s predecessor) voted to end the MagicJack franchise over the conduct of its owner, the ensuing legal battle resulted in the WPS canceling the 2012 season first, before finally canceling the 2012 season later that year gave up. As a replacement, the NWSL was founded in 2013.