The United States national team has been shaken by allegations of domestic violence involving former coach Gregg Berhalter.
Current national team star Giovanni Reyna is at the center of a controversy that has seen the young player’s family become involved in an incredibly public accusation.
Reyna’s parents, her mother Danielle and father Claudio, were disturbed by Berhalter’s public statements detailing that an unidentified actor was nearly sent home from Qatar.
While Gio’s name was not directly disclosed, it was soon clear that he was the subject when the Borussia Dortmund player confirmed this in an Instagram post the next day.
Outraged by the comments, Danielle called US Football executives, including athletic director Earnie Stewart, to explain that they were outraged at the way her son was treated.
In the interview, they said they found it unfair that Gio was put in such a position when the coach himself did ‘something much worse at the same age’.
The case involved Berhalter and his current wife, Rosalind, when she was a freshman at the University of North Carolina.
Danielle and Claudio became good friends with the couple throughout college, and Claudio played the role of Berhalter’s best man at their wedding.
However, an alleged altercation between Berhalter and Rosalind outside a local bar at a local bar created a crack in their relationship.
Danielle made a statement claiming they didn’t threaten the coach, but set the record straight in a December 11 phone call with Earnie Stewart.
She said: “As part of that conversation, I told Earnie that I thought it was particularly unfair that Gio, who apologized for being immature about the time he played, was still bogged down in the mud while Gregg was apologizing and getting a pardon. to do something.
“Without going into details, yesterday’s statements significantly reduce the harassment on the night in question.
“Rosalind Berhalter was my roommate, teammate and best friend, and I supported her through the trauma that followed.
“It took me a long time to forgive and accept Gregg after that, but I worked hard to be kind to him and eventually made both them and their children a big part of my family’s life.
“I wish and expected that he would give the same grace to Gio. That’s why the current situation is very hurtful and difficult.”
The statement continued: “I just wanted Earnie to help make sure there won’t be any more unfair attacks on my son.
“I thought our conversation would be confidential, and it didn’t occur to me at the time that anything I said could lead to an investigation. I’m not criticizing Earnie here.
“I greatly appreciate US Soccer’s recent efforts to address abuse against female players and understand now that it has to investigate what I have shared.
“But I want to make it clear that I didn’t want Gregg fired, I didn’t make any threats, and I don’t know anything about any blackmail attempts, and I’ve never had any arguments about Gregg’s case with anyone on staff — I don’t know any of the other coaches. I hadn’t contacted anyone from US Soccer about this before December, and no one in my family has told US Soccer about Gregg’s background.
“I’m sorry that this information has been made public, and I’m sorry to be involved in something that could reopen wounds from the past.”
Claudio Reyna made a statement athletic supporting his wife’s comments.
Berhalter confirmed the incident in a lengthy Twitter post.
The comments were: “During the World Cup, someone contacted US Soccer and said they had information about me that would ‘take me down’ – it was an obvious effort to end my relationship using something very personal from a long time ago. US Football.
“I met my soul mate in the fall of 1991. I had just turned 18 and was a freshman in college when I met Rosalind.
“One night, while we were drinking at a local bar, Rosalind and I had a heated argument going on outside. The argument got physical and I kicked her in the legs.”
Berhalter added: “The lessons learned from that night more than three decades ago became the foundation for a loving, selfless and supportive relationship that we honored and celebrated with our 25th wedding anniversary this past weekend.”
The 49-year-old’s contract with the USMNT expired at the beginning of the year.
SPORTbible reached out to US Soccer for comment.
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