Reyna family slam ‘disheartening and grossly unfair’ report into US Soccer fallout with Gregg Berhalter that claims Claudio pressures US Soccer about son Gio and Danielle refused to admit leaking details about ex-USA coach’s 1992 row with his wife
The Reyna family have heavily criticized a report revealing several explosive comments made by both Claudio and Danielle — parents of USMNT player, Gio.
Findings of an investigation into World Cup coach Gregg Berhalter’s domestic violence incident with his now-wife in 1992 and his hiring as coach of the USMNT were released Monday. In part, it was less than a shining reflection on the Reyna parents.
The report found that while Claudio and Danielle Reyna did not commit ‘blackmail or extortion’, a question was raised of whether Claudio’s communications violate the FIFA Code of Ethics.
Through an agent, they fiercely defended themselves, suggesting the objective findings were in fact otherwise.
‘Claudio and Danielle acknowledge they have said and done things in the heat of the moment they regret, particularly the statement that triggered the investigation,’ Dan Segal, an agent for Claudio and Gio told The Washington Post.
Danielle and Claudio Reyna said that Gregg Berhalter ‘beat the s**t out of’ now-wife Rosalind
The Reynas complained about USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter’s treatment of their son, Gio
‘Gio acknowledges that, like countless players before, he showed too much disappointment when not selected to play at the World Cup.
‘That is only part of the story here, but the only side of the story that the investigators chose to tell. It is disheartening and grossly unfair to see the family turned into one-dimensional caricatures to progress a narrative that benefits others.’
The report made by Alston & Bird says that Rosalind and Gregg Berhalter struck each other during a fight and that their investigation ‘did not uncover evidence that contradicts’ their accounts.
The investigation came about after Berhalter criticized U.S. midfielder Gio Reyna, saying he had not met expectations at the World Cup in Qatar, with Reyna’s mother Danielle then informing the federation of the 1992 incident with Rosalind in a fallout after the tournament last year that rocked US soccer.
Claudio Reyna, it says in the report, had, ‘a pattern of periodic outreach… to US Soccer officials and staff from in or around 2016 through the end of 2022… to convey complaints and comments about US Soccer’s treatment of his children, including primarily his son, USMNT player Gio Reyna.’
Specific complaints in the report include Claudio Reyna asking for a red card against his son to be overturned in 2016, complaining about a female referee’s involvement in a 2018 game, and moaning about travel plans and amenities in 2019.
Details alluding to Danielle Reyna’s call to then-U.S. Soccer director Earnie Stewart following the USMNT’s World Cup elimination in the Round of 16 were also looked into.
USMNT World Cup coach Gregg Berhalter has been cleared by an independent investigation
Gio Reyna’s future with the US national team remains clouded following the latest controversy