The NWSL officially opened an investigation earlier this week into the incident involving Sarah Gorden and her boyfriend after the opening match of the Challenge Cup between the Chicago Red Stars and the Houston Dash.
The league opened up the investigation under its anti-discrimination policy on Saturday as the incident in question occurred on Friday night.
Gorden – a Red Stars defender – alleges a security guard at BBVA stadium followed her and her boyfriend, threatening to arrest the two if they got too close to each other, which would reportedly break COVID-19 protocols.
However, Gorden noticed that several of the Dash’s white players were all over the stadium hugging and getting close to their family and friends. You can read Gorden’s version of events here:
Red Stars Assistant Coach, Scott Parkinson, verified Gorden’s version of events stating, “It seemed that Sarah and her three Black friends were the only ones being addressed in this way and it was extremely upsetting.”
However, the league fined the Chicago Red Stars for a ‘violation of a league directive’, according to a NWSL press release. Grant Wahl reported that the violation stemmed from part-owner and ESPN personality Sarah Spain tweeting support of the club’s statement from earlier in the week, which defended Gorden.
Both the Red Stars and Dash have stated they are fully cooperating with the league’s investigation. More to come as this story develops.