- The President of the U.S. Soccer Federation, Carlos Cordeiro, apologized for a recently released court filing that contained “sexist” rhetoric bout the Women’s National Team.
- The documents said that male players have a “higher level of skill” and “more responsibility” than their female counterparts.
- In March, the women’s team sued U.S. Soccer for gender discrimination, demanding equal pay to the men’s team.
- While Cordeiro said that U.S. Soccer would still be fighting the case, they will “do so with the utmost respect not only for our Women’s National Team players but for all female athletes around the world.”
Apology From Carlos Cordeiro
The president of the United States Soccer Federation apologized Wednesday for “sexist” comments made in a legal filing against the Women’s National Team.
“On behalf of U.S. Soccer, I sincerely apologize for the offense and pain caused by language in this week’s court filing, which did not reflect the values of our Federation or our tremendous admiration of the Women’s National Team,” U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said in a statement, just after the women’s team won the title game of the SheBelieves Cup.
“I have made it clear to our legal team that even as we debate facts and figures in the course of this case, we must do so with the utmost respect not only for our Women’s National Team players but for all female athletes around the world,” he added. “As we do, we will continue to work to resolve this suit in the best interest of everyone involved.”
Lawsuit Against U.S. Soccer
In March, the women’s team filed a lawsuit against U.S. Soccer alleging gender discrimination and violations of the Equal Pay Act. A court filing from U.S. Soccer released on Monday said that, for a variety of reasons, the Women’s National Team does not deserve equal pay to the Men’s National Team. The women have long argued that their back-to-back World Cup wins, consistently higher FIFA rankings than the men’s team, and other factors make them worthy of the money.
In their filing, however, U.S. Soccer said that playing on the men’s team “requires a higher level of skill based on speed and strength.” It claimed that biological differences between men and women make men innately stronger and faster.
“No matter how great the great Katie Ledecky gets…she will never beat Michael Phelps or his endurance counterparts in the pool,” the filing stated, citing a study on the subject.
The filing also claimed that a men’s player “carries more responsibility” in their role, as they play more tournaments with big cash prizes, and generate more views on television games. It also claimed that the men frequently play abroad facing “unmatched” hostility from opposing fans.
This rhetoric has not been received well by the players of the women’s team. Co-captain Alex Morgan has previously said that women’s soccer does not require less skill, but “a different skill.” When co-captain Carli Lloyd was challenged about the women’s ability to be competitive against the men, she said, “I’m not sure. Shall we fight it out to see who wins and then we get paid more?”
Outrage From Public and Sponsors
The comments made by U.S. Soccer led to public outrage, including from some of their sponsors. A representative from the accounting firm Deloitte told a BuzzFeed News reporter that they were “deeply offended” by the views expressed in the lawsuit.
The Vice President of Budweiser, Monica Rustgi issued a statement along those same lines.
“The comments made by U.S. Soccer do not align with our values, nor our point of view on women’s soccer,” she said. “We champion and admire the athleticism of the women in this sport as we find them to be among the best athletes in the world.”
Frustration did not stop at sponsors for the organization. Sports Illustrated an article demanding that Cordeiro resign. The Women’s National Team took to the field in a silent protest on the matter as well.
Women’s Team Protests
While playing in the Wednesday game of the SheBelieves Cup, the women turned their jerseys inside out, hiding the U.S. Soccer logo. Instead, all that could be seen were the four stars on their jerseys, each representing a World Cup win.
“To every girl out there, to every boy out there, who watches this team who wants to be on this team or just wants to live their dream out, you are not lesser because you are a girl,” said player Megan Rapinoe during the game. “You are not better just because you’re a boy. We are all created equal.”
After the game, Rapinoe also addressed Cordiero’s apology after the game. She said she did not find it sincere.
“That wasn’t for us,” she told reporters. “That’s for fans, that’s for the media, that’s for sponsors, because that all sounded pretty similar to what we had heard before.”
See what others are saying: (ESPN) (Sports Illustrated) (Washington Post)
Florida School Says Students Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Must Stay Home for 30 Days
The school falsely claimed that people who have just been vaccinated risk “shedding” the coronavirus and could infect others.
Centner Academy Vaccination Policy
A private school in Florida is now requiring all students who get vaccinated against COVID-19 to quarantine for 30 days before returning to class.
According to the local Miami outlet WSVN, Centner Academy wrote a letter to parents last week describing COVID vaccines as “experimental” and citing anti-vaccine misinformation.
“If you are considering the vaccine for your Centner Academy student(s), we ask that you hold off until the Summer when there will be time for the potential transmission or shedding onto others to decrease,” the letter reportedly stated.
“Because of the potential impact on other students and our school community, vaccinated students will need to stay at home for 30 days post-vaccination for each dose and booster they receive and may return to school after 30 days as long as the student is healthy and symptom-free.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has debunked the false claim that those newly vaccinated against COVID-19 can “shed” the virus.
According to the agency’s COVID myths page, vaccine shedding “can only occur when a vaccine contains a weakened version of the virus,” but “none of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.”
In fact, early research has suggested that vaccinated people are less likely to spread the virus than unvaccinated people.
Beyond that, unvaccinated people are more likely to spread COVID in general because they are much more likely to get the virus than vaccinated people. According to recently published CDC data, as of August, unvaccinated people were six times more likely to get COVID than vaccinated people and 11 times more likely to die from the virus.
Centner Academy Continues Spread of Misinformation
In a statement to The Washington Post Monday, Centner Academy co-founder David Centner doubled down on the school’s new policy, which he described as a “precautionary measure” based on “numerous anecdotal cases that have been in circulation.”
“The school is not opining as to whether unexplained phenomena have a basis in fact, however we prefer to err on the side of caution when making decisions that impact the health of the school community,” he added.
The new rule echoes similar efforts Centner Academy has made that run counter to public health guidance and scientific knowledge.
In April, the school made headlines when its leadership told vaccinated school employees that they were not allowed to be in contact with any students “until more information is known” and encouraged employees to wait until summer to get the jab.
According to The New York Times, the following week, a math and science teacher allegedly told students not to hug their vaccinated parents for more than five seconds.
The outlet also reported that the school’s other co-founder, Leila Centner, discouraged masking, but when state health officials came for routine inspections, teachers said they were directed in a WhatsApp group to put masks on.
See what others are saying: (WSVN) (The Washington Post) (Business Insider)
Katie Couric Says She Edited Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quote About Athletes Kneeling During National Anthem
Couric said she omitted part of a 2016 interview in order to “protect” the justice.
Kate Couric Edited Quote From Justice Ginsburg
In her upcoming book, journalist Katie Couric admitted to editing a quote from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in 2016 in order to “protect” Ginsberg from potential criticism.
Couric interviewed the late justice for an article in Yahoo News. During their discussion, she asked Ginsburg about her thoughts on athletes like Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the national anthem to protest racial inequality.
“I think it’s really dumb of them,” Ginsburg is quoted saying in the piece. “Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.”
According to The Daily Mail and The New York Post, which obtained advance copies of Couric’s book “Going There,” there was more to Ginsburg’s response. Couric wrote that she omitted a portion where Ginsburg said the form of protest showed a “contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life…Which they probably could not have lived in the places they came from.“
Couric Says She Lost Sleep Making Choice
“As they became older they realize that this was youthful folly,” Ginsberg reportedly continued. “And that’s why education is important.“
According to The Daily Mail, Couric wrote that the Supreme Court’s head of public affairs sent an email asking to remove comments about kneeling because Ginsburg had misspoken. Couric reportedly added that she felt a need to “protect” the justice, thinking she may not have understood the question. Couric reached out to her friend, New York Times reporter David Brooks, regarding the matter and he allegedly likewise believed she may have been confused by the subject.
Couric also wrote that she was a “big RBG fan” and felt her comments were “unworthy of a crusader for equality.” Because she knew the remarks could land Ginsburg in hot water, she said she “lost a lot of sleep” and felt “conflicted” about whether or not to edit them out.
Couric was trending on Twitter Wednesday and Thursday as people questioned the ethics behind her choice to ultimately cut part of the quote. Some thought the move showed a lack of journalistic integrity while others thought revealing the story now harmed Ginsburg’s legacy.
See what others are saying: (New York Post) (The Daily Mail) (Insider)
Biden Administration Orders ICE To Halt Workplace Raids
The Department of Homeland Security will now focus on targeting employers who exploit undocumented workers, instead of carrying out raids that dissuade those workers from reporting labor violations.
DHS Reverses Worksite Raid Policy
The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it was ordering Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop workplace raids.
The move marks a reversal from Trump administration policies that have been strongly criticized by immigration activists who argue the efforts created fear in immigrant communities and dissuaded them from reporting labor violations or exploitative employment practices.
In addition to stopping the raids, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a memo that the administration will refocus enforcement efforts to instead target “employers who exploit unauthorized workers, conduct illegal activities or impose unsafe working conditions.”
Mayorkas added that the immigration agencies housed in DHS will have the next 60 days to identify harmful existing policies and come up with new ones that provide better deportation protections for workers who report their employers.
In the Tuesday memo, the secretary argued that shift of focus will “reduce the demand for illegal employment by delivering more severe consequences to exploitative employers” and “increase the willingness of workers to report violations of law by exploitative employers and cooperate in employment and labor standards investigation.”
Labor Market Implications
The new policy comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing a critical labor shortage, including in many sectors that rely on immigrant labor.
Some companies that use undocumented workers pay them wages that are far below the market rate, which is not only exploitative but also undercuts competitors.
According to Mayorkas, the pivot to employer-based enforcement will help protect American businesses.
“By exploiting undocumented workers and paying them substandard wages, the unscrupulous employers create an unfair labor market,” he said in the memo. “They also unfairly drive down their costs and disadvantage their business competitors who abide by the law.”
It is currently unclear how effective the new efforts will be, but historical precedent does not paint an optimistic picture.
The Biden administration’s efforts closely mirror a similar move by the Obama administration, which attempted to reverse workplace raids authorized under President George W. Bush by targetting those who employ undocumented workers rather than the workers themselves.
That effort, however, still led to thousands of undocumented workers being fired.