The Washington Post recently obtained copies of the e-mails cited by the WPS players union in its grievance that accused magicJack owner Dan Borislow of bullying and threatening players and creating a “hostile, oppressive and intimidating work environment."
Steven Goff reports that the union cited several e-mails attributed to Borislow that were relayed to the players through staff members’ accounts. The correspondence showed, according to the complaint, “Borislow’s clear failure to behave in a dignified manner.”
The day after a 3-0 loss to the Western New York Flash in May, the players received an e-mail saying: “You have no idea how you are going to get better, but I can tell you there’s only a couple ways. Play with the very best and act like them on and off the field. If you don’t do this, you are toast and will be playing in a rec league within years, drinking beer and farting after the game at a local bar and telling people how good you used to be at age 26.”
In an e-mail exchange with The Post on Monday, Borislow said he didn’t distribute e-mails to his players and said, “I believe e-mails might have been stolen from my account.” A former magicJack staff member and player, Shannon Myers, from whose e-mail account many of the messages were sent, said she relayed the e-mails on Borislow’s behalf. The union said it vetted the e-mails’ origins.