OLYMPIA, WA—The pending lawsuit against a former Blackhills FC youth soccer coach has made it into the news in the local media. KING 5 received and posted a statement from Blackhills, posted again below:
Blackhills FC has been the premier competitive soccer Club serving the South Sound region for nearly two decades. With over 400 children playing soccer for Blackhills FC each year, the safety and well-being of our athletes has been, and always will be, a top priority.
Blackhills FC has over 20 coaches, each of whom submits to a yearly background check through Washington State Youth Soccer and the Washington State Patrol prior to any interaction with our players.
Immediately upon learning of the allegations against Mr. Cross, Blackhills FC took swift, and in our view necessary, action to assure that our athletes were protected. Accordingly, Mr. Cross was promptly relieved of his coaching duties and placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. BFC cooperated with the law enforcement investigation and appreciates the responsive, thorough, and respectful manner in which law enforcement has handled the matter.
When the investigation was completed, given the evidence discovered by the investigating agency, Mr. Cross’ employment with Blackhills FC was immediately terminated.
Blackhills FC remains committed to our players’ safety and, consistent with our past practices, will continue to place the safety of our athletes as a primary focus.
KING 5 did a feature on the story, revealing the player in the suit as “Brittany W.” “I knew I needed to get through this and do something about it because you see stories like the Bill Cosby case, where women come out 20 years later and they’re still affected,” she says in the article. “I don’t want to be that woman.”
The Olympian also covered the story in an article from Amelia Dickson.