The US Soccer Federation has launched an investigation into its men’s team head coach Gregg Berhalter, whose video from 1991 resurfaced in which he seems to be kicking a woman who is now his wife. The federation has hired a prominent law firm
Alston & Bird to look into the matter.
Berhalter and his wife Rosalind, meanwhile, have released a joint statement where the former admitted his mistake. While Berhalter was on World Cup duty in Qatar last year, the US Soccer received an unsolicited message which contained the footage of that incident.
“We had been dating for four months when an incident happened between us that would shape the future of our relationship,” the statement read. “One night, when out drinking at a local bar, Rosalind and I had a heated argument that continued outside. It
became physical and I kicked her in the legs.”
He added that both his and Rosalind’s family was informed about the incident, and they decided to resolve the matter without involving any legal authorities.
“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. To this day, that type of behavior has never been repeated,” Berhalter said
in a statement.
Berhalter and Rosalind broke up immediately after the incident, but met seven months later to patch up. Only last week they celebrated their 25th anniversary. The USMNT is scheduled to play Serbia and Colombia later in the tournament, and the federation will decide the coach while the investigation is underway.
“We appreciate Gregg and Rosalind coming forward to speak openly about this incident. Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we will share the results of the investigation publicly when it is complete,” read the statement from the USMNT.
Berhalter’s contract will come to an end in December 2023. He was appointed as the head coach in 2018, and has led a massive turnaround, with 37 wins, 11 losses and 12 draws.