Greg Berhalter claims he was blackmailed over an incident he kicked his spouse greater than 30 years in the past.
Berhalter has coached US Soccer since 2018. He issued an announcement on Tuesday saying he had been blackmailed in the course of the World Cup in Qatar. In an announcement, he admitted to kicking his now-wife Rosalind in a 1991 incident.
“Throughout the World Cup, a person contacted US Soccer saying they’d details about me that may ‘destroy me’ in an obvious effort to do one thing very private from a very long time in the past to finish my relationship with US Soccer. Berhalter wrote. “This can be a tough step, however my spouse Rosalind and I need to share the reality clearly and instantly. This can be a story that belongs to us, however hopefully there are classes from our relationship that may be precious to others.
“Within the fall of 1991, I met my soulmate. I had simply turned 18 and was a freshman in faculty once I first met Rosalind. After we talked, there was a well-recognized feeling. Rosalind was and is a tremendous individual: decided, compassionate, humorous, and we related instantly. It was as if we had recognized one another for years. We had been courting for 4 months when an incident occurred between us that may form the way forward for our relationship. One night time whereas ingesting at an area bar, Rosalind and I received right into a heated argument that continued outdoors. It received bodily and I kicked his legs.”
Berhalter mentioned he regrets what occurred 30 years later and instantly sought counseling.
“There are zero excuses for my actions that night time. it was an embarrassing second that I remorse to at the present time,” Berhalter continued. “I instantly apologized to Rosalind on the time, however after all she had nothing to do with me. I instructed my dad and mom, household and pals what occurred as a result of I wished to take full accountability for my conduct. Rosalind additionally knowledgeable her dad and mom, household and pals. Though the authorities have been by no means concerned, I volunteered for counseling to be taught, develop and enhance, one of the precious choices I’ve ever made. To at the present time, that sort of conduct has not been repeated.”
Berhalter wrote that Rosalind referred to as him seven months later they usually met in individual to debate the matter. They reconciled and lately celebrated their twenty fifth wedding ceremony anniversary.
US Soccer launched an announcement saying they’ve retained Alston & Chicken LLP to conduct an investigation.
“Via this course of, US Soccer has develop into conscious of potential misconduct by people outdoors of our group towards a number of members of our employees,” the assertion mentioned. “We take such conduct severely and have expanded our investigation to incorporate these allegations.
“We recognize Greg and Rosalind being keen to talk overtly about this incident. In line with our dedication to transparency, we’ll share the outcomes of the investigation publicly when it’s full. US Soccer condemns violence of any type and takes such allegations severely.”
Berhalter’s contract with US Soccer was set to run out on the finish of 2022, and his future teaching standing is unclear.
“Final month, US Soccer started a full technical evaluation of our males’s nationwide staff,” the assertion mentioned. “Throughout an ongoing evaluation and investigation, US Soccer will announce who will lead the January males’s nationwide staff camp within the coming days. We stay up for performing in Qatar and making ready for the journey to 2026.”