The World Cup aftermatth inside the United States Men’s National Soccer Team has coach Gregg Berhalter in the middle of a domestic abuse investigation. He recently shared a long statement where he confesses to have kicked his wife in the legs when he was 18 years old. The now free-agent coach accused an undisclosed source to attempt taking him down, USMNT legend Claudio Reyna came forward to reveal he never threatened anybody.
Although he and his wife were upset for how Berhalter treated their son Gio Reyna, they never intended to leak any information to the press. However, Danielle Reyna is doubling down on details of what Berhalter did all those years ago. She shared a room for years with Gregg’s wife at the time. Claudio Reyna confirmed they were the ones who spoke about that incident but they never leaked anything to the press. Regardless, he stands by what his wife is saying.
What did Danielle Reyna say about Gregg Berhalter?
This is what Danielle Berhalter told The Athletic: « To set the record straight, I did call Earnie Stewart on December 11, just after the news broke that Gregg had made negative statements about my son Gio at a leadership conference. « I have known Earnie for years and consider him to be a close friend. I wanted to let him know that I was absolutely outraged and devasted that Gio had been put in such a terrible position, and that I felt very personally betrayed by the actions of someone my family had considered a friend for decades.
« As part of that conversation, I told Earnie that I thought it was especially unfair that Gio, who had apologised for acting immaturely about his playing time, was still being dragged through the mud when Gregg had asked for and received forgiveness for doing something so much worse at the same age. Without going into detail, the statements from [Berhalter] yesterday significantly minimise the 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 afterward, but I worked hard to give him grace, and ultimately made both of them and their kids a huge part of my family’s life. I would have wanted and expected him to give the same grace to Gio. This is why the current situation is so very hurtful and hard. I’m sorry that this information became public, and I regret that I played a role in something that could reopen wounds from the past. »
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