Fans and former players of the Sky Blue FC women’s professional soccer team wants their majority owner out of the picture, citing horrendous and deplorable living and working conditions.
The team is owned by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
“If Gov. Phil Murphy runs the state’s government the way he runs his women’s professional soccer team, we’re all in deep trouble,” wrote Star Ledger writer Steve Politi.
“I really don’t see how you could turn that club around at this point, unless it was bought out by somebody else,” Caroline Stanley a former player said.
Several reports this week have empowered the ill-treated women to go public with their story.
Another former player, Sam Kerr spoke about the team’s deplorable living conditions.
When I'm a millionaire, I'm going to buy women's sports team and make sure they are loved and appreciated.
— Anya Alvarez (@anya__alvarez) July 25, 2018
“It just sucks that that’s the way it had to be. I’m just going to say the girls deserve better and I’m just going to leave it at that,” she said. “These girls are great girls. They give everything of themselves for this club and this league and they just deserve better.”
Only after deplorable conditions were made public, Murphy issued a statement.
Phil Murphy, owner of NWSL's Sky Blue FC & Governor of New Jersey, is under fire for appalling working conditions for his team.https://t.co/CKDiH8TWiy
— BCSoccerWeb.com (@bcsoccerweb) July 19, 2018
“I don’t find the status quo tolerable — and these players deserve better,” Murphy said.
“They deserve to operate in a professional and supportive environment so they can do what they do best. play the game, inspire fans, and build community through the power of the world’s most popular sport.”