Kansas City Current Fires Head of Medical Staff for Violating NWSL Anti-Fraternization Policy

The Kansas City Current fired their head of medical for violating the NWSL's anti-fraternization policy, underscoring the league's efforts to address power imbalances and create a safer environment for players and staff.

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Kansas City Current Fires Head of Medical Staff for Violating NWSL Anti-Fraternization Policy

Kansas City Current Fires Head of Medical Staff for Violating NWSL Anti-Fraternization Policy

The Kansas City Current have fired Carlos Jimenez, the head of their medical department, for violating the National Women's Soccer League's (NWSL) anti-fraternization policy. The violation involved a relationship with an unidentified Kansas City player, the team confirmed.

"Carlos Jimenez was immediately terminated when we learned of his actions in violation of club and league policies," the Current said in a statement. "We are committed to ensuring a safe space for our players and staff."

The NWSL instituted the non-fraternization policy in 2022 as part of the league's reforms following allegations of sexual coercion against former North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley. The policy prohibits supervisors, including a team's head of medical, from engaging in romantic or sexual relationships with any employee over whom they have direct or indirect supervisory authority, including players.

Jimenez joined the Current in December 2023 after previously working as a physical therapist for the Washington Spirit in 2023 and the U.S. women's national team from 2019 to 2021. He is the second NWSL club member to be fired this season for a violation of the league's policies, following the Houston Dash's firing of goalkeeping coach Matt Lampson in March, also for a reported relationship with a player.

Why this matters: The firing of Jimenez underscores the NWSL's ongoing efforts to address systemic issues and power imbalances within the league. The strict enforcement of the anti-fraternization policy aims to create a safer environment for players and staff, promoting professionalism and minimizing conflicts of interest.

The Kansas City Current, currently in first place in the NWSL with a 4-0-1 record, stated that they are committed to ensuring a safe space for their players and staff. The league's swift action in response to the policy violation emphasizes the importance of the reforms implemented in the wake of the 2022 investigations into abuse and misconduct in the NWSL.

Key Takeaways

  • Kansas City Current fired head of medical Carlos Jimenez for violating NWSL anti-fraternization policy.
  • Jimenez had a relationship with an unnamed KC player, violating policy prohibiting supervisors from such relationships.
  • NWSL instituted the anti-fraternization policy in 2022 after allegations of sexual coercion against a coach.
  • Jimenez is the second NWSL club member fired this season for a policy violation, after Houston Dash.
  • Firing underscores NWSL's efforts to address systemic issues and create a safer environment for players and staff.