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The NWSL will not play this weekend, says Lisa Baird

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Following Thursday’s league wide reckoning over the allegations of sexual coercion and emotional abuse against former North Carolina Courage coach Paul Riley, the NWSL will not play any games this weekend, commissioner Lisa Baird announced.

It is unclear whether or not the games have been canceled or postponed with intention to reschedule.

“This week, and much of this season, has been incredibly traumatic for our players and staff, and I take full responsibility for the role I have played,” NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird said in the statement. “I am so sorry for the pain so many are feeling. Recognizing that trauma, we have decided not to take the field this weekend to give everyone some space to reflect.

“Business as usual isn’t our concern right now. Our entire league has a great deal of healing to do, and our players deserve so much better. We have made this decision in collaboration with our players association and this pause will be the first step as we collectively work to transform the culture of this league, something that is long overdue.”

The Orlando Pride, who were originally slated to play the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, reportedly went to the airport but did not board their flight. Now, the team is not traveling to Chicago.