Kathleen McCowin spent Friday night and Saturday morning in jail. Her
attorney, Rafael Trujillo, negotiated her release on Saturday afternoon. Trujillo
has spoken with the SF District Attorney and informed McCowin that no charges will be brought against her. She
has released the following statement:
am Kathleen McCowin, President of Soccer Parents and Coaches for Grass Fields in Golden Gate Park. We believe that playing on artificial turf and ground-up tire waste infill poses a serious risk to the
health of our children.
This is the core reason why last week I stood down approaching construction vehicles, held my ground while having my
outstretched palm hit multiple times by a charging pickup truck, stood fast while being verbally threatened with being run
over, and ultimately went to jail.
This industrial waste material containing multiple carcinogens has not been tested
in animals. This means its first real testing has been on our children. For me personally, this “testing” was on my daughter Liz while playing
soccer in high school on the Crocker Amazon fields.
NBC Network News has recently reported a cancer cluster in young soccer goalies playing on this toxic waste material. Dr. David R Brown, the former CDC toxicologist who authored a 2007 report calling
for appropriate studies of this material, has stated he is not surprised.
Our concern is that these goalies, with their much higher exposure to the toxic crumb, are tragically the
canaries in the toxic turf mine shaft. It is likely a much larger number of
players will suffer from cancer in the future.
My organization is considering our options going forward to protect our children.
If you are interested in participating, please contact me through SF Ocean Edge."