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NWSL Closes Investigation Into Sarah Gorden Profiling Incident; No Discipline Issued

The Red Stars defender accused a Houston Dash security guard of racial profiling after the Red Stars’ first Challenge Cup match.

Sarah Gorden Red Stars Racial Profiling Incident
Photo: Daniel Bartel/ISI Photos

The NWSL has officially closed the investigation into Chicago Red Stars defender Sarah Gorden’s accusations of racial profiling that occurred on April 9th, directly after the Red Stars’ first Challenge Cup match against the Houston Dash.

“Based on the findings of the independent investigator, no disciplinary action will be taken against the club. Because of the confidentiality restrictions in the policy, the league will not have further comment on the investigation itself or the outcome other than to thank those who came forward with their concerns and those who participated in the investigation,” the league said in a statement.

Gorden laid out events of the incident on Twitter where she alleged a Houston Dash security guard singled out her and her boyfriend for breaking COVID-19 protocol while white Dash players were close with family and friends and were not targeted.

Red Stars assistant coach Scott Parkinson backed up Gorden’s account, calling the security guard “belligerent” towards Gorden and her boyfriend.

“I wasn’t upset that it was one of our players,” Parkinson wrote on social media. “I was upset that the only people being harassed were people of color.”

Ironically, the only two people to receive any sort of punishment related to the incident were Red Stars co-owner and ESPN personality Sarah Spain and NY/NJ Gotham FC General Manager Alyse LaHue. Both received an undisclosed fine for commenting publicly on the incident before the investigation was complete.

Photo: Daniel Bartel/ISI Photos

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6 months ago

[…] was the site of Sarah Gorden’s alleged racial profiling incident by a stadium security guard. The NWSL found no wrongdoing in the matter and closed its […]

6 months ago

[…] game did not go without controversy, however, as Sarah Gorden accused a Dash security officer of racially profiling her and her boyfriend for breaking Covid-19 rules. The league has since closed its investigation of […]


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