Riedell withdraws sponsorship over sexual assault dispute
The USA Men's Roller Derby team took home the gold at the 2018 Men's Roller Derby World Cup in Barcelona, until they didn't. This week, MRDWC organizers revoked their championship status over an insensitive display of support for a former teammate who left due to allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
Members of the team wore his number during the World Cup Championship game and, in light of this fact, the U.S. team has been stripped of its winning title. Riedell Roller Skates in Red Wing has also announced it will end its sponsorship with the team.
According to an April 10 post on the Riedell Roller Facebook page:
"We urge USA Men's Roller Derby to take action that demonstrates that they respect the community's values and that the safety of all participants is more important than allegiance to a team member."
USA Men's Roller Derby has responded to the events with contrition. A public statement regarding the "wake up call" directs an apology to both fans and victims of sexual assault. The team went on to say that "moving forward, sensitivity training will be a priority in our team preparations. We are more than a sports team and we need to act as such. We are committed to do better and we are sorry."
The new World Cup rankings place England in first, Australia in second and France in third.