Lisa Baird resigned as National Women’s Soccer League commissioner Friday night.
Baird had known about coach’s sexual harassment by coaches with players, but did nothing about it.
In a statement about the league postponing its five games this week, Baird said she took responsibility for the role in which she played.
“This week, and much of this season, has been incredibly traumatic for our players and staff, and I take full responsibility for the role I have played,” Baird said. “I am so sorry for the pain so many are feeling. Recognizing that trauma, we have decided not to take the field this weekend to give everyone some space to reflect. Business as usual isn’t our concern right now.”
The NWSL released a one sentence statement on Twitter and via an email. There was nothing else.
The league was shaken to its core Thursday when The Athletic reported about sexual coercion allegations against former North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley. He was fired by the Courage later in the day.
Earlier Friday night, U.S. Soccer launched an independent investigation into the Riley situation.
Riley, who lived on Long Island for more than 30 years before he moved to North Carolina, was director of football for the Albertson Soccer Club.