MLS to investigate Vancouver Whitecaps' handling of misconduct allegations against former women's coach

Major League Soccer revealed Friday it will employ an independent counsel to examine the Vancouver Whitecaps’ handling of misbehavior accusations versus previous females’s coach Hubert Busby Jr. He presumably made sexual advances towards Malloree Enoch while attempting to hire the American gamer to the Whitecaps over 2010 and 2011. 

Busby Jr. has actually rejected Enoch’s accusations.

“The investigation will include a review of the club’s internal processes and overall culture at the time as well as recommendations on preventative measures to ensure that all players and staff under the Whitecaps organization umbrella work in a safe environment, free of all forms of harassment and fear of retaliation,” MLS composed in a declaration. “The league and club will publicly release the findings and recommendations of the investigation.”

Enoch informed the Guardian she at first wished to land an administrative task with Vancouver’s females’s group, however after getting in touch with Busby Jr. in September 2010 the 52-year-old coach recommended she sign up with as a gamer. 

Over the occurring recruitment procedure Busby Jr. spent for Enoch to fly to occasions with him, consistently asked her to remain in his hotel spaces over night and ultimately tried to press her into sex. 

Whitecaps CEO Axel Schuster stated in a declaration he was “greatly disturbed” by Enoch’s accusations and excused “letting her down.” According to Schuster, the group ended up being mindful of the accusations versus Busby Jr. after the 2011 season. Vancouver then worked with a detective to check out Busby Jr., discovering enough to prevent extending his agreement after its October 2011 expiration. The private investigator didn’t discover every information, however. 

“We have since learned that the investigation did not reveal certain allegations that were disclosed this week,” Schuster stated. “Our communication with players, staff and the soccer community as to the reasons for Busby’s departure was also inadequate. We should have done better, and for that we are deeply sorry.”

Enoch stated she informed soccer advancement director Dan Lenarduzzi about Busby Jr.’s habits soon after signing with the Whitecaps in 2011. No instant action was taken, requiring Enoch and a few of her colleagues to approach management about the concern. 

After leaving the Whitecaps, Busby Jr. acted as the coach and basic supervisor of the now defunct Seattle Sounders females’s group and ended up being Jamaica’s females’s coach in January 2020. 

The Jamaican Football Federation is anticipated to meet Busby Jr. to go over the accusations on Tuesday.  



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