So since the horrible news of Paul Riley’s atrocities broke last week we’ve all been saddened, angry, and sickened to some degree or another at what was happening beneath the flags and songs of matchday.
Since then we’ve had a protest outside the stadium with it’s own flags and songs, as angry as the temper of the fans. I’m reading that there will be more signage at the Timbers match tonight…at the very least.
So here’s my question:
What do we want from the club now?
Clearly Riley is beyond our grasp…although without his coaching license he’s hopefully been separated from the chance to savage other women. I suspect that he may never face more than that, unfortunately unless someone somewhere has the actual physical receipts that can prove in a court of law what in my heart I know he did.
It would seem practical for us as fans to come up with some objectives before we go any further (like boycotts and/or demonstrations on matchdays, etc.)
I’m seeing a LOT of #GWOut – which I expected. The guy 1) is a shit-magnet for lots of supporters and always has been, and 2) was genuinely a dick to Mana Shim (I totally believe her when she says he tried to lean on her about speaking out back in 2013, and then he totally gaslighted her when he was confronted about that).
What we DON’T know is how much he knew about Riley. I know what I THINK he should have known…but that and six bucks’ll get me a latte at Starbucks.
Do we want him out, regardless?
And is that enough? Are we at a “Sell the team, Merritt”? point? Something short of that – some sort of combination of changes in the Peregrine FO (A separate Thorns GM?) with additional oversight to protect future players…what?
I get the anger and frustration. I feel it, too. But it seems like we are at the point of going from there to “what do we do about that?” and I’m kind of curious to hear what folks are thinking.
So let’s discuss in the comments.