United States Soccer is conducting an investigation into an apparent «physical incident» between Gregg Berhalter and his wife in the fall of 1991.
An unverified Twitter account that appears to belong to the USMNT head coach issued a lengthy statement Tuesday, in his first tweet, explaining the incident in question in which Berhalter kicked his wife, Rosalind, in the legs when she was 18. years.
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The account also references a person who contacted US Soccer «saying they had information on me that would ‘bring me down,’ an apparent effort to leverage something very personal from a long time ago to bring about the end of my relationship with US Soccer.» Soccer» during the World Cup.
«Now is the time to publicly share certain personal information that a third party has used against me and my family,» the statement read.
The statement said the incident occurred when Berhalter was a freshman in college, and the two had been dating for four months «when an incident occurred between us that would shape the future of our relationship.»
«One night while drinking at a local bar, Rosalind and I got into a heated argument which continued outside. It turned physical and I kicked her in the legs,» the statement read.
«There are no excuses for my actions that night; it was an embarrassing moment and one I regret to this day. At that point, I immediately apologized to Rosalind, but understandably, she wanted nothing to do with me. I told her as much.» to my parents, family, and friends what happened because I wanted to take full responsibility for my behavior. Rosalind also informed her parents, family, and friends. While the authorities were never involved in this matter, I voluntarily sought advice to help learn , grow and improve – one of the most valuable decisions I’ve ever made. To this day, the type of behavior has never been repeated.»
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The statement also says the incident «shaped me, but it doesn’t define me.»
US Soccer said in a statement of its own that it learned of the allegation on December 11 and «gratefully have Gregg and Rosalind coming forward to speak openly about this incident.»
They retained Alston & Bird LLP to conduct an independent investigation immediately upon learning of the incident, and «were made aware of possible inappropriate behavior towards various members of our staff by individuals outside of our organization.»
«In keeping with our commitment to transparency, we will publicly share the results of the investigation when it is complete,» US Soccer said in a statement. «US Soccer condemns violence of any kind and takes such allegations very seriously.»
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Berhalter’s contract expired and US Soccer said they will «announce who will lead» this month’s camp «in the next few days.»
The USMNT advanced to the round of 16 of the World Cup before being eliminated by the Netherlands.