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NWSL owners should pay price for their indifference to player abuse

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There is, predictably, much handwringing and mea culpa-ing over Sally Yates’ damning report on the misogynistic and abusive culture that existed in the NWSL and U.S. Soccer, along with sober pronouncements from the powers that be of the respect they have for the brave women who came forward to reveal the toxic mess.

Save it.

If the NWSL, U.S. Soccer and anyone else who had a hand in creating, tolerating and perpetuating the abusive atmosphere really want to make amends, strong, substantive measures are needed.

Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson and Chicago Red Stars owner Armin Whisler should be forced to sell their NWSL teams; considering the problems at Paulson’s other team, the Timbers, strong consideration should be given to making him sell that, too. Gavin Wilkinson, who is no longer the Thorns general manager but still has that same role with Paulson’s other team, the Timbers, should be barred from working in American soccer. Same for Mike Golub, president of business for both the Thorns and Timbers. 

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