USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter was blackmailed during the World Cup

An attempt to blackmail USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter during the World Cup was revealed by Berhalter himself on Tuesday with the 49-year-old coach issuing a statement on Twitter from what was later confirmed as his personal account.

In it, Berhalter describes an incident from 31 years ago when, as an 18-year-old, he had a violent incident with his wife Rosalind. The two have now been married for 25 years but the actions occurred after they'd been together for four months.

"This is a difficult step to take," Berhalter said about explaining the incident online, "but my wife, Rosalind, and I want to clearly and directly share the truth. This is a story that belongs to us, but hopefully there are lessons from our relationship that can be valuable to others."

Gregg Berhalter blackmail response

Gregg Berhalter blackmail

Gregg Berhalter blackmail

15 minutes after Berhalter's post, U.S. Soccer issued a statement about the start of an independent investigation, as well as a promise to "announce who will lead the January Men's National Team camp in the coming days."

The response from everyone around U.S. soccer regarding the incident was that this is a private matter from the distant past that's been resolved in the best possible way. The perpetrator of the blackmail clearly has the biggest issues.

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