The following is a transcript of Dan Borislow’s answers taken from an email correspondence earlier today. He addressed the punishments and violations outlined in the post below and in The Equalizer’s report. Borislow also lent some insight into other issues that have surrounded the team in recent months. Other than several grammatical edits, Borislow’s quotes are published verbatim.
Ed. note: Borislow says he found out about the point penalty after news reports initially surfaced. His response is as follows:
First of all I had no idea about a point penalty assessed to me. The league obviously has a leak and has had one since I started with them. In my book, we call people like that infidels.
The sign boards:
Let me give you an example of a few problems of the very poor business practices of the league and its bad deals. They did a deal with a field board company, whom alleges they have a deal with the our team but definitely has some type of agreement with the league. I went to negotiate a deal and when I accepted it, they said the deal changed. They then said if you don’t do our deal, we will charge you 150% penalties and/or interest charge. I told them I don’t do deals with organized crime. How does the league possibly subject its teams to this?
On the violation regarding the team’s non usage of Match Analysis:
Match Analysis is an unneeded expense. A video of the game would be much less expensive. The amount of hits it gets is weak.
They knew everything about the stadium and the problem we had getting one on such short notice. They never raised one objection and congratulated us on getting it. It has been perfect so far and a great place to play. There is a new stadium being built there for next year that seats 30k or something like that. It is grass and in great shape. The width is the same as a few other teams and the recommended size.
The website, there has been a transition of people in the league and my people who are real pros have had problems accessing the site and building it out. It is not as common as other software being used for sites. I anticipate it will be better next week.
On the team’s relocation:
The league did everything they could to lure me into saving them. I was allowed to play in South Florida as well as the DC area. So when I got in, they tried to steal the Washington Freedom name and said go play in South Florida. I told them I was fine using the uniforms made already, but they insisted to change them. Then I get a bill for this, when no other team got charged for uniforms. I refuse to pay. The league and its sponsors told me they wanted us only playing in South Florida.
On the penalties issued by the league:
If they can’t beat us on the field, I guess their only chance is to beat us off the field. I am sure they want to have the games on these embarrassing football fields with artificial turf when they take away all our points. Our team will play better as underdogs, because our women and most of the other players in the league thrive on being an underdog. I wonder how the other players on the other team will feel about not competing on a level playing field?
Tony D wears Adidas shoes to the game, but some of my people had unidentified clothes on and we get hit with a fine. The Boston player says we have the worst field (they must play on concrete in England) to a reporter and they do nothing. Our field is one of the top two. The Philadelphia coach says the officiating is terrible (it is) and they do nothing.
In other news, Hope Solo’s Twitter feed has mysteriously vanished. The league has released the following statement:
“WPS encourages the players and personnel in the league to use social media to their advantage to represent themselves, the league and the game in a positive manner. We do not have any ‘editorial’ control over individual twitter pages and were not involved in the recent purge of tweets on Hope’s page.”