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USA Curling stands by CEO Jeff Plush despite NWSL abuse report

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USA Curling is standing by its CEO despite allegations he played a role in the NWSL’s “systemic” culture of abuse and the league’s indifference to complaints from players.

Jeff Plush was the NWSL’s commissioner from January 2015 to March 2017. According to a yearlong investigation by former U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, during Plush’s tenure several players alerted the league and U.S. Soccer to abuse by their coaches that included verbal tirades, retaliation, sexual harassment and sexual coercion. There often was no punishment and, in the instances where there were repercussions, coaches were allowed to move to other teams without anyone at the league or federation raising an alarm.

USA Curling’s Board of Directors said in a statement issued Thursday that it commissioned a “comprehensive review” of Plush’s actions after the Oct. 3 release of the Yates report. As a result, the board said it remains “confident in Jeff’s ability to continue as an effective leader of the organization.”

Plush has been USA Curling’s CEO since February 2020.

“The Board has been deeply involved in the process in ensuring Jeff can continue to lead the organization,” Lynn LaRocca, the board’s chair, said in the statement. “We are confident in our due diligence and the thoroughness that went into reviewing the matter.”

The board cited Plush’s “candor” during interviews, and also said it was encouraged by his “willingness to fully cooperate” in a joint investigation by the NWSL and its players union.

In her report, Yates said that Plush did not respond to repeated outreaches. This after Plush told USA Curling staff in October 2021 that he was an “open book” and “welcomed” an investigation because he was confident he’d acted properly.

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