MLS statement on Portland Timbers organization report
Major League Soccer today released the report prepared by Proskauer Rose LLP following its review of the Portland Timbers organization regarding conduct related to domestic violence allegations against former Timbers player Andy Polo. View a PDF of the report
Investigators have concluded that the Timbers’ offer to help Genessis Alarcon, Mr. Polo’s former domestic partner, and her children was not intended to induce, and did not induce, Ms. Alarcon to s refrain from pursuing criminal proceedings against Mr. Polo. The report also concluded that while the Timbers should have reported the May 23, 2021 incident to MLS, there was no evidence that the Timbers attempted to hide or cover up the incident.
Based on those findings, MLS fined the Portland Timbers $25,000 for the club’s failure to report the incident promptly and appropriately. Although the investigation found no evidence that the Timbers organization influenced Ms Alarcon’s decision to press charges and did not attempt to cover up the incident, prompt reporting is essential to monitoring the League, resolving potential misconduct and ensuring that players and their families are referred. to appropriate resources, potentially including the League’s Addictions and Behavioral Health Program.
MLS takes allegations of domestic violence very seriously and will not tolerate such behavior in our League.
Funds raised through the Portland Timbers fine will be donated by MLS WORKS, the League’s social accountability platform, to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.