The Margin: U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter says he was targeted in blackmail attempt at World Cup

by | Jan 3, 2023 | Stock Market

U.S. men’s national team soccer coach Gregg Berhalter has described how someone allegedly approached the U.S. Soccer Federation during the Qatar World Cup with information about his past in an attempt to get him fired. “An individual contacted U.S. Soccer, saying that they had information about me that would ‘take me down’ — an apparent effort to leverage something very personal from long ago to bring about the end of my relationship with U.S. Soccer,” he said, in a statement tweeted Tuesday. The statement, which was tweeted from a recently-created unverified Twitter account, was confirmed as genuine by U.S. Soccer.

In his statement, Berhalter described an incident between him and his now-wife Rosalind that happened when he was 18. “One night, while out drinking at a local bar, Rosalind and I had a heated argument that continued outside,” he said. “It became physical and I kicked her in the legs.” The couple, who met in the fall of 1991, had been dating for four months when the incident happened, according to Berhalter. The coach said there are “zero excuses” for his actions that night. “It was a shameful moment and one that I regret to this day,” he added. Also see: Messi is a World Cup champion at last as Argentina beats France on penalty kicks “While the authorities were never involved in this matter, I voluntarily sought out counseling to help learn, grow and improve — one of the most valuable decisions that I ever made,” he wrote. “To this day, that type of behavior has never been repeated.” Berhalter and Rosalind eventually reconciled, and later married. The couple, who have four children, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last weekend. In the statement, Berhalter said that he and his wife have fully cooperated with a U.S. Soccer Federation investigation into the matter. …

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