USA Curling says CEO Jeff Blush has made athlete safety a priority as president of the NWSL

EAGAN, Minn. — USA Curling CEO Jeff Blush says he “made player safety a priority” while leading the National Women’s Soccer League, where investigations found years of systemic emotional abuse and sexual misconduct.

The curling board met on Monday following the report of an independent inquiry into abuses in women’s football.

Blush, who was commissioner of the NWSL from 2014 to 2017, was aware of allegations of sexual harassment and coercion against Portland Thorns coach Paul Riley, but did nothing to prevent Riley from continuing to coach in the league. Former U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, who led the football investigation, said Blush did not respond to requests for an interview.

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