Gregg Berhalter: Gio Reyna’s mother confirms she reported USMNT head coach for kicking his wife in 1991 | Football news
The mother of US midfielder Gio Reyna has confirmed she has accused head coach Gregg Berhalter of kicking his wife more than 30 years ago.
Berhalter will not be in charge of the USA’s training camp in California later this month amid an ongoing US Soccer investigation after he admitted to kicking his wife of 25 years during a dispute. argued as a teenager.
The regulator initiated the investigation after Berhalter, who was with his team at the World Cup in Qatar, revealed that he was the subject of threats to disclose the incident involving his then-girlfriend. now Rosalind in 1991 during the tournament.
On Tuesday, Berhalter posted a statement of his own on social media saying that an “individual contacted US Soccer” during the 2022 World Cup said that “they have information about me that will ‘take down knock me down'”.
Berhalter said that in 1991, he kicked his current wife Rosalind outside a bar after an argument.
“There were no excuses for my actions that night; it was a shameful moment and one that I regret to this day.” Berhalter wrote. “At that point, I immediately apologized to Rosalind, but understandably, she wanted nothing to do with me.”
The two reconciled after the war and have been married for 25 years with four children.
Danielle Reyna, wife of former USA captain Claudio and former roommate and football teammate of Rosalind, Berhalter’s wife, revealed that she reported the incident to US Soccer on December 11.
Her son Gio failed to start a game for the United States at the World Cup in Qatar, Berhalter said in early December that an unnamed player was sent home early from the US camp for “failing to meet the requirements” expectations on and off the pitch.”
But in a statement, she said: “For clarity, I called (US Soccer athletic director) Earnie Stewart on December 11, shortly after it was reported that Gregg had made statements. negative about my son Gio at a leadership conference.”
She continued: “During that conversation, I told Earnie that I thought it was unfair that Gio, who had apologized for acting immaturely during his playing time, was still dragged into the mud when Gregg asked and received forgiveness for doing something much worse at the same age.
“Without going into details, [Berhalter’s statement] are from [Tuesday] significantly reduce abuse 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 a long time for me to forgive and accept Gregg after that, but I worked hard to bless him, and eventually make both of them and their children one. important part of my family’s life. I wanted and expected him to give Gio the same grace. This is why the current situation is so painful and difficult.”
But Danielle Reyna denies blackmailing Berhalter with information about the incident and insists she did not ask for his dismissal.
“But I want to make it clear that I am not asking for Gregg to be fired, I have not made any threats and I am not aware of any blackmail attempts, nor have I had any discussions. about anyone else on Gregg’s. staff-I don’t know of any other coaches.”
Gio Reyna’s father, Claudio, also said in a statement: “I support my wife, Danielle, and her statement. I am also saddened by Gregg’s comments about Gio following the US’s removal from the World. Cup, and I also filed a complaint with Earnie Stewart in December.” 11 asked him to prevent any additional comments.”
Commenting on the expanded investigation, US Soccer said in a statement on Tuesday: “Through this process, US Soccer became aware of potential inappropriate behavior towards multiple members of staff. us by individuals outside of our organization.
“We take that behavior seriously and have expanded our investigation to include those allegations.
“We appreciate Gregg and Rosalind for coming forward to speak openly about this case. Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we will publicly share the results of the investigation when it is complete.
“US Soccer condemns violence of any kind and takes those allegations very seriously.”
Anthony Hudson, who was an assistant coach during the World Cup in Qatar, will be in charge of a training camp this month.