USMNT’s Gregg Berhalter reveals he kicked wife, claims World Cup blackmail plot

USMNT’s Gregg Berhalter reveals he kicked wife, claims World Cup blackmail plot

Gregg Berhalter claims he was blackmailed over an incident during which he kicked his spouse over 30 years in the past.

Berhalter has coached U.S. Soccer since 2018. He issued a press release on Tuesday saying that he was the topic of a blackmail try through the crew’s World Cup berth in Qatar. Within the assertion, he acknowledged the incident during which he kicked his now-wife, Rosalind, in an incident in 1991.

“Throughout the World Cup, a person contacted U.S. Soccer, saying that that they had details about me that will ‘take me down’ — an obvious effort to leverage one thing very private from way back to carry concerning the finish of my relationship with U.S. Soccer,” Berhalter wrote. “This can be a troublesome step to take, however my spouse, Rosalind, and I need to clearly and instantly share the reality. This can be a story that belongs to us, however hopefully there are classes from our relationship that may be beneficial to others.

“Within the fall of 1991, I met my soulmate. I had simply turned 18 and was a freshman in faculty once I met Rosalind for the primary time. There was a well-recognized feeling once we spoke. Rosalind was and is an incredible individual — decided, empathetic, enjoyable to be round — and we linked instantly. It felt like we had identified one another for years. We had been relationship for 4 months when an incident occurred between us that will form the way forward for our relationship. One evening, whereas out ingesting at a neighborhood bar, Rosalind and I had a heated argument that continued outdoors. It grew to become bodily and I kicked her within the legs.”

Berhalter stated he regrets the incident 30 years later and instantly sought counseling.

“There are zero excuses for my actions that evening; it was a shameful second and one which I remorse to this present day,” Berhalter continued. “At the moment, I instantly apologized to Rosalind, however understandably, she needed nothing to do with me. I instructed my mother and father, household, and buddies what occurred as a result of I needed to take full accountability for my habits. Rosalind additionally knowledgeable her mother and father, household, and buddies. Whereas the authorities have been by no means concerned on this matter, I voluntarily sought out counseling to be taught, develop and enhance — some of the beneficial selections that I ever made. To this present day, that sort of habits has by no means been repeated.”

Gregg Berhalter issued a press release saying that he was blackmailed over an incident during which he kicked his spouse in 1991.Getty Photos

Berhalter wrote that Rosalind referred to as him seven months later they usually met in individual to debate the matter. They reconciled and just lately celebrated their twenty fifth wedding ceremony anniversary.

U.S. Soccer issued a press release saying that they retained Alston & Chook LLP to conduct an investigation.

“By way of this course of, U.S. Soccer has realized about potential inappropriate habits in direction of a number of members of our workers by people outdoors of our group,” the assertion stated. “We take such habits significantly and have expanded our investigation to incorporate these allegations.

“We recognize Gregg and Rosalind coming ahead to talk overtly about this incident. In keeping with out dedication to transparency, we are going to share the outcomes of the investigation publicly when it’s full. U.S. Soccer condemns violence of any type and takes such allegations significantly.”

Berhalter’s contract with U.S. Soccer expired on the finish of 2022 and his standing as coach of the crew sooner or later is unclear.

“Final month, U.S. Soccer launched a full technical evaluation of our Males’s Nationwide Staff,” the assertion concluded. “With the evaluation and investigation ongoing, U.S. Soccer will announce who will lead the January Males’s Nationwide Staff camp within the coming days. We stay up for constructing off the efficiency in Qatar and getting ready for the journey in direction of 2026.”

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