NWSL resumes play, Spirit’s Steve Baldwin resigns amid abuse scandal

NWSL resumes play, Spirit’s Steve Baldwin resigns amid abuse scandal

The NWSL players association said games will resume Wednesday, while the embattled CEO and managing partner of the Washington Spirit announced his resignation.

The moves come as the league continues to navigate the fallout from last week’s report by The Athletic that a now-former coach had emotionally abused and sexually coerced his players. This followed a report by the Washington Post on the toxic culture at the Spirit, which resulted in the firing of coach Richie Burke.

Former NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird resigned under pressure Friday night, hours after the league agreed to not play games over the weekend.

“We have taken the weekend’s pause to evaluate. We acknowledge that we will not process the pain of the last several days in one weekend or one week,” the NWSLPA said in a statement Tuesday. “We have made the decision to proceed with Wednesday night’s scheduled competition, but our demands will be forthcoming.”


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