Former players have accused North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley of sexual coercion in multiple teams and leagues since 2010 in a story by The Athletic’s Meg Linehan (READ FULL INQUIRY HERE).
Sinead Farrelly, who played for Riley at the Philadelphia Independence, New York Fury and Portland Thorns, said: “I felt in his control.” Farrelly detailed several incidents where she felt pressured to have sex with her trainer.
Meleana “Mana” Shim, who played for Riley with Farrelly in Portland, said, “I felt from the start like I owed him.” In one case, Riley brought Shim and Farrelly back to his apartment after a night of drinking and asked them to kiss for him in exchange for the team not having to do a grueling conditioning exercise.
On Wednesday, Riley answered a list of 23 questions from Athleticism about his alleged conduct with an email in which he said the majority of the allegations are “completely false”. He wrote: “I have never had sex or made sexual advances towards these players.” He said he sometimes socialized with the players and sometimes took tabs, “but I don’t take them out drinking.”
After the story was published, Riley was fired by North Carolina Courage and his coaching license was suspended by the American Football Federation.
Here we will put together the reactions and news related to the revelations shared in this story (Athleticismthe headline of the free read news on the initial story can be found here).
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