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See? Ella Masar’s blog entry may have elicited as much – if not more – public reaction than Monday’s news of the league’s suspension.
Prior to the World Cup, a commenter said it was a good thing the mainstream media didn’t pay attention to WPS. The never-ending nonsense with magicJack surely wouldn’t cast the league in a positive light (although it did help produce a few funny titles on Deadspin). Perhaps Masar’s piece will rouse some interest.
First off, one must applaud Masar for her courageous decision to step forward and shed insight into what transpired during her time with magicJack. It’s important to note that her account is hers and hers alone, and does not necessarily reflect the experiences of her teammates. Still, it confirmed the assumptions. She may have even merely scratched the surface. Unseemly things definitely occurred in South Florida; things that went far beyond the pale; things that shouldn’t be tolerated in any professional setting, never mind that of a women’s professional sports team.
Masar’s raw, upsetting, and candid entry stands in stark contrast to the interview Julie Foudy conducted with Abby Wambach after the U.S. defeated Costa Rica last Friday to qualify for the Olympics. To put it mildly, Wambach reiterated her unwavering support for Dan Borislow. The blessed few who are unfamiliar with the magicJack saga likely wouldn’t know Masar and Wambach were referring to the same man.
So what happens Wednesday? More fallout from Masar’s blog? (Hope Solo replied to a query on the matter on Twitter.) Will we see a number of copycat blogs penned by scorned players eager to come clean about situations previously restricted to rumor? For one, Tasha Kai has promised to spill the beans on what happened in 2009 – presumably the incident with former Sky Blue FC head coach Ian Sawyers.
Such sudden candor could be an element of the catharsis that follows the messy dissolution of a relationship. The anger here is real and it’s everywhere; fans and players with owners, owners with lawyers, teammates with other teammates, the WoSo world at large with Dan Borislow.
It’s still difficult to make sense of everything that’s gone on since Monday morning. Life as many knew it is now gone, and it likely isn’t coming back. The latest outpouring of uncomfortable truths has only made everything more surreal – and sad.
We’ll see who else is willing to lend more clarity to WPS’s murky demise, and all the ugly episodes that preceded it. Perhaps those who remain silent are the ones with the most to tell.