WASHINGTON - Washington Spirit managing partner and CEO Steve Baldwin has resigned.
The team shared his statement on social media Tuesday morning.
Tuesday evening, Spirit player Kelley O'Hara tweeted a statement on behalf of the players.
The decision comes about a week after Washington Spirit coach Richie Burke was fired regarding reports of a toxic environment around the team.
Burke resigned from his coaching position in August, and was placed in a front-office position in the organization.
After a report surfaced in the Washington Post alleging verbal abuse, Burke was placed on leave.
The report documents instances in which players were yelled at – sometimes within inches of their faces. In addition, the Post says players told them Burke hurled curse words and personal attacks at them.
In addition, jersey sponsor Sandy Hill Bank announced on Tuesday that they had ended their partnership with the Spirit, saying they only want to partner with companies that have supportive, respectful work environments.