National Women's Soccer League, Sally Yates, Nwsl discussed on ESPN Daily

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A highly anticipated report finally dropped yesterday from no less than the former acting attorney general of the United States. Sally Yates detailed the failures and the toxicity of the national women's soccer league. After a yearlong investigation. A culture of abuse, silence, and fear of retaliation perpetuated the misconduct. In this environment, many players and team staff members had believed that reporting this conduct would be futile and it would actually be detrimental to their careers. Normalization of this conduct allowed teams the league and the federation to ignore their respective responsibilities of addressing abuse of conduct. That conduct and the NWSL's refusal to address it happened to be the focus of both the episode you are about to hear and a new E 60 film, truth be told, be fight for women's professional soccer, that's been in the works for months now. And so we should note that today's show contains depictions of sexual coercion and abuse. Jennifer Carson Strauss, we're here to discuss a specific year inside the national women's soccer league. That is really just unlike anything else that's happened in a professional sports league that I can recall. And the film you directed about it for E 60 with Lisa salters reporting, it begins at one very specific moment. So what was it and when was it? Yeah, October 6th, 2021, almost a year ago. All games across the country in the national women's soccer league stopped play in the 6th minute, which had never been done before. You know, I think a lot of people at that time were wondering what was going on. It was a moment that grabbed national headlines, not just in sports, but across the nation. As that 6 minute approach is in every woman on the field knows what's going to happen in that 6th minute. The referee blows the whistle. Do you have a whistle on the field? We wondered what we might see tonight and players from both teams, including from the benches. Enter to the center circle. And all join arms. You can see players from both teams arm in arm length. They're all moving to the center circle together right now. Not just with their own teammates, but with the other team, who they're playing against, to have this moment of solidarity. Every player from both teams in the middle of the field, I think you can see you can feel the weight of this statement, this moment for the players. When you ask the players involved in that coordinated moment. What did they remember thinking about? What were they hoping to do as they remembered it? They were nervous. And there was a lot of emotions, whether you had been directly affected or not by any sort of abuse, verbal emotional sexual. You were feeling the pain of what was happening in this league. Women felt fed up. And just disgusted. And ready to put their foot down. These women were standing up for long overdue change. The fallout from the abuse scandal rocking the national women's soccer league. We see over and over again what's referred to as a culture of silence. This now makes three coaches total, the national women's soccer league has fired in its ranks for misconduct. They want to have trust in management. They want to have trust in coaches and they haven't had that. There were systemic abuse issues happening in the league and it wasn't just that year. It had been going on for a long time. And in the NWSL, we had reported and found out that there was this culture of silence that had existed. And this was a moment where these women decided we're

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