Soccer Gives Us Another “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” Phil Murphy Moment


Governor Phil Murphy, a guy who basic mathematics tells us paid professional women soccer players less than $15 per hour while he was running for governor on the promise of $15 per hour, now says he thinks women should be paid the same as men.

Don’t forget there was also that time Murphy wanted a sport scientist to come to his team as an unpaid intern. And, there’s the fact the two top draft picks by Murphy’s soccer team wouldn’t sign because of the team’s record of poor treatment of women.

And, now, suddenly Murphy believes women soccer players should be paid the same as men. As the owner of a women’s professional soccer team Murphy has had many opportunities to fight for exactly that. Did he? The evidence, paying at least some women on his own team as little as possible, even less than $15 per hour prior to the 2018 season, forcing young women to live with an elderly man who repeatedly made inappropriate comments to the players and made them feel uncomfortable, and more suggests he didn’t fight for equal pay.

According to Murphy, on the issue of pay for professional women soccer players, said:

“Affordability shouldn’t be the question,” he said. “The question should be: What’s right? As long as the Federation … is on the right side of history — and we’ll do everything we can to make sure they are — the rest of this will work out.”

Obviously, the Murphy track record is completely different. It looks to me this is just another Phil Murphy “do as I say, not as I do” moment.