Let’s talk about Gavin Wilkinson and @MerrittPaulson, shall we? (1/?) #rctid #baonpdx
This? This here? I have absolutely NO trouble believing this is exactly how it went down.
You know how I know that’s the truth? Because the aggressive, defensive, and categorical denial they give is TEXTBOOK abuser shit.
And THAT attitude is a TOP DOWN issue. Hell, Merrit did it again just this morning turning it up to 11 to call Rifer a conspiracy theorist when he questioned why the Timbers broadcast team didn’t/couldn’t ask about Blanco’s injury.
@JakeZivin showed a perfect counterpoint to that toxic approach (listened, explained calmly, got an apology & thank you). But MP? Gotta immediately tag in a bunch of others to mock & deride the tweet as insulting conspiracy. It’s the same toxicity on a way less significant topic.
So we have an owner with a toxic attitude of defensiveness, denial, and “rich boy who doesn’t like to be challenged.” Then we have Gavin, who gets to be slimy but with a lower profile. @TimbersFC fans may be wondering why they should care if they aren’t #NWSL fans. Well…
Look at those allegations about Gavin telling an outspoken player to stfu about identity politics, and ask yourself if it rings any bells.
These men are BAD for both organizations. Not entirely. Credit where it’s due - they’ve helped build organizations we care about deeply. But as another said: Support is about holding a mirror up to the system and encouraging it to do better, not about blind boosterism.
If THIS is the thread that finally gets me blocked by MP, great. As a survivor of both rape and workplace sexual harassment, I’ll happily die on this hill.
You don’t get to quietly let a sexual abuser go in a way that ensures he’ll get another gig where he can continue the behavior on players that aren’t yours.

You don’t get to tell outspoken employees to hide who they are and what they believe.
I’ve gotta mute this thread for my mental health, but I’m glad my screaming into the Twitter void seems to have connected with people. The players deserve so much better. Here’s hoping we wake up tomorrow to news of Gavin & Merritt’s departures.

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