Gregg Berhalter: Gio Reyna’s mother confirms she reported USMNT head coach for kicking wife in 1991
American midfielder Gio Reyna’s mother has confirmed that she reported kicking his wife to head coach Gregg Berhalter more than 30 years ago.
Berhalter will not take charge of the USA’s training camp in California later this month amid an ongoing American football investigation after he admitted kicking his 25-year-old wife during a teenage altercation.
The governing body launched the investigation after Berhalter, who took his team to the World Cup in Qatar, revealed he had received a threat to expose the 1991 incident with his girlfriend Rosalind during the tournament.
On Tuesday, Berhalter released his own statement on social media saying an “individual contacted US Soccer” during the 2022 World Cup saying “they had information about me that would bring me down.”
Berhalter says he kicked his current wife Rosalind outside a bar in 1991 after an argument.
“There is no excuse for my actions that night; it was an embarrassing moment that I regret to this day.” writes Berhalter. “At that point I immediately apologized to Rosalind, but it is understandable that she wanted nothing to do with me.”
The two reconciled after the fight and have been married for 25 years and have four children.
Danielle Reyna, wife of former US captain Claudio and former roommate and soccer teammate of Berhalter’s wife Rosalind, revealed she reported the incident to US Soccer on Dec. 11.
His son Gio did not start a game for the United States at the World Cup in Qatar, with Berhalter saying in early December that an unnamed player was sacked early from the United States camp for “not living up to expectations on and off the pitch”. “.
But in a statement, she said, “To set things right, I called (American football athletic director) Earnie Stewart on Dec. 11, just after news broke that Gregg had made negative statements about my son Gio at a leadership conference.”
She continues: “As part of that conversation, I told Earnie that I thought it was extremely unfair that Gio, who had apologized for his immature behavior over his playing time, was still dragged through the mud when Gregg had asked for and been forgiven. something much worse at the same age.
“Without going into details, [Berhalter’s statement] from [Tuesday] 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 me a long time to forgive and accept Gregg after that, but I worked hard to give him the grace, and in the end I made them and their children a big part of my life. family. I wanted and expected him to show Gio the same grace. That is why the current situation is so painful and difficult.”
But Danielle Reyna has denied blackmailing Berhalter with the information about the incident and insists she did not ask for his resignation.
“But I want to be very clear that I did not ask for Gregg’s resignation, that I made no threats and that I know nothing about the blackmail attempts, and that I have never had any discussions about anyone else on the website.” Gregg is personal – I don’t know any of the other coaches.”
Gio Reyna’s father, Claudio, also said in a statement: “I support my wife, Danielle, and her statement. I was also upset by Gregg’s comments about Gio after he left United from the World Cup, and I also appealed to Earnie Stewart on December 11 to ask him to avoid further comment.
Responding to the extensive investigation, US Soccer said in a statement Tuesday: “Through this process, US Soccer has become aware of potentially inappropriate conduct toward several members of our workforce by individuals outside our organization.
“We take such behavior seriously and have expanded our investigation to include these allegations.
“We appreciate Gregg and Rosalind coming forward to talk openly about this incident. In keeping with our commitment to transparency, we will publicly share the results of the investigation when it is complete.
“US Soccer condemns any form of violence and takes these allegations very seriously.”
Anthony Hudson, who was an assistant coach at the World Cup in Qatar, will be responsible for a training camp this month.
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