NFL Commissioner Lisa Bird has resigned under pressure over a coach’s handling of sexual conduct allegations, the league said Friday night.
Bird’s decision to step down came after announcing that the weekend’s women’s league games had been postponed nationwide.
“The League has received and accepted Lisa Bird’s resignation as a delegate,” the League said in a statement, without naming a replacement for Bird.
“This week and most of the season has been very traumatic for our players and staff, and I take full responsibility for the role I played,” Bird said Friday before her resignation.
“I am very sorry for the pain so many are feeling. We recognize that shock and have decided not to take to the field this weekend to give everyone some space to think.”
Bird’s resignation came a day after North Carolina Courage fired coach Paul Riley over what the team described as “serious allegations of misconduct”.
Coach Riley, 58, was fired after a group of players accused him of forcing them to have sex with him during his tenure in various leagues and clubs since 2010.
Riley, the second women’s league coach, was fired this week after the league terminated Washington Spirit coach Richie Burke’s contract following an investigation into allegations of verbal and emotional abuse.