Ron Rivera goes to have a brand new boss quickly. And as a lot as he favored his outdated one, he understands the seriousness of the allegations in opposition to Jerry Richardson which triggered the choice to promote.
But Ron Rivera is a soccer coach, which implies he’s additionally frightened concerning the dreaded #distraction.
Via the group’s official web site, Rivera talked about Richardson’s resolution to promote the group throughout his press convention Monday. The launch asserting the intention was put out final night time after gamers and coaches had been gone.
“A little surprised and taken aback a little bit,” Rivera mentioned. “Disappointed clearly for the information. But we most actually will go ahead.”
As he did final night time, Rivera recounted his personal constructive experiences with Richardson. Of course, these experiences don’t outweigh the allegations of sexual harassment and use of racially insensitive language to staff, however as a result of he was good to him, Rivera stays prepared to offer Richardson a good listening to.
“I do know the allegations are critical,” Rivera mentioned. “I do know the league is doing an investigation, and everyone must be heard and revered. At the top of the day, who am I to evaluate? We must have all of the solutions earlier than we will do any of that. I simply suppose that as we go ahead as a soccer group, I feel it’s vital to do not forget that we’re nonetheless right here clearly to play soccer.”
And consequently, he’s talked to the group concerning the scenario already, and tried to steer the dialog again to the all-important sport in opposition to the Buccaneers Saturday, saying the information of the sale may make issues simpler because it takes away the specter of a lingering investigation.
“Very a lot so,” he mentioned. “And once more, to not low cost the intense nature of those allegations. I simply suppose for us, for what we do, we’re right here to play soccer. I feel it’s vital we do not forget that. These allegations don’t change what we do. So we simply should attempt to focus in on preparing for Tampa Bay.”
It appears virtually comical, contemplating the burden of the allegations and the eventual impacts on each side of the group. But it’s additionally all Rivera can do in the meanwhile (although reminding folks how good Richardson was to him is probably not useful).