Washington Spirit players renew pressure on majority owner Steve Baldwin to sell

Steve Baldwin, the Washington Spirit's majority owner since 2019, announced on Tuesday that he is resigning as the NWSL club's CEO and managing partner immediately.

Baldwin's decision to step aside and put new president Ben Olsen in charge of running the team won't be the end of the story. He still owns his share of the team and holds a seat on the board of directors that effectively gives him control over what happens next.

That would explain a statement from Spirit players, who called on him to sell his stake in the Spirit to co-owner, Y. Michele Kang, with whom he has been feuding.

Baldwin's statement comes on the day that The Athletic reported that an investigation uncovered violations of NWSL workplace and anti-harassment policies and management problems at multiple levels of the club that extended beyond the behavior of former Spirit head coach Richie Burke, who was recently terminated.

A week ago, the NWSL suspended the Spirit from being involved in league governance after a probe into Burke's abuse widened into an look at other aspects of how the club operated.

Baldwin said he decided to resign at the request of players and to avoid becoming a distraction and return the focus to the players.

The NWSL Players Association announced on Tuesday that this week's games will go ahead, including the Spirit's game on Wednesday against Gotham FC in Chester, Pennsylvania.
3 comments about "Washington Spirit players renew pressure on majority owner Steve Baldwin to sell".
  1. Bob Ashpole, October 6, 2021 at 11:08 a.m.

    Ben Olsen always struck me as someone of good character and a player's manager. I expect things to improve to the players satisfaction. 

  2. Santiago 1314 replied, October 6, 2021 at 11:40 a.m.

    Good Luck to Ben, Looks like he is Stepping into a "TeaPot in a Tempest".(I know that's half A§§ ßąçķMäwrds; cause this is only gonna get Worse.!!!)

  3. John DiFiore, October 6, 2021 at 4:43 p.m.

    Why is he resigning?  How would he be a "distraction"? 

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