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Statements from the MLSSoccer.com report:
Major League Soccer will not tolerate this type of behavior from its players or staff at any time, under any circumstances. Colin Clark has expressed sincere remorse for his actions and I believe that he will learn from this incident.
I am sorry about what happened during the Seattle match. I have personally apologized to the ball boy, and I want to take this chance to say I’m sorry to everyone that I’ve offended. I intend to never use those words again in any context. There is no excuse for them. What I said does not properly represent who I am or what I believe. I made a mistake that I truly regret. I accept the punishment that has been handed down by MLS, and I want to learn from this incident and move forward.
Colin Clark made a regrettable and inexcusable mistake for which he is being disciplined. We accept and support the punishment that has been laid out by MLS and look forward to moving beyond it. We know that this incident is not a true representation of Colin’s character or beliefs and that he is remorseful for what happened. He has a strong record of being a community leader and expect that he will use this as a learning and teaching opportunity in the future.
When I went out of town this weekend and put the Houston Dynamo versus Seattle Sounders game on my DVR list, I never expected to come home to this game. I knew that the Dynamo lost and that Colin Clark said something controversial, but I didn’t look into it immediately. Instead I decided that I would wait and watch it myself. In hindsight I should have clicked on those news links because I was beyond unprepared for what I heard.
Personally, as a Dynamo fan and season ticket holder, I was immediately embarrassed. In all of the seasons that I’ve been a fan I have never heard anything so thoughtless come out of a players mouth, which says a lot considering all of the things Bobby Boswell has said in anger. In all seriousness though, I have a lot of faith that Dominic Kinnear came down on him. I know we haven’t heard anything official, but Kinnear is known to hold each player responsible for their actions and words on the pitch, and I hope this situation is no different. I also hope that the fans will hold him responsible for his actions. While Colin Clark wears our crest over his heart he represents every single one of us in his words and his actions and to me this is unacceptable.
Here’s some notable coverage of Colin Clark’s use of an anti-gay slur from over the weekend and today:
The Washington Post: “The MLS should come down hard on Clark — both for his words, and for the ball boy at whom he directed them. Regardless of whether they came ‘in the heat of the moment,’ the incident provided a jarring reminder that discrimination and homophobia persist in professional sports, and more must be done to eliminate discrimination in athletic competition.”
Philadelphia Daily News: “When Garber and MLS complete their investigation into the matter, and it shouldn’t take long given the clarity of the audio on the broadcast, Clark needs to be whacked, not just slapped on the wrist.”
The Seattle Times: “NBC Sports producers didn’t catch Clark’s slur on the live broadcast and would’ve issued an on-air apology had they heard it, according to a spokesman.”
Since Colin Clark’s use of an anti-gay slur against a ball boy at Friday night’s Seattle vs. Houston game, I’ve been following Twitter searches about the incident and comment sections of web stories about it.
There are a few things I’ve seen I want to address in a few posts.
First is the notion that MLS is “dragging their heels” or “trying to sweep the incident under the rug.” These feelings have been exacerbated by one of the videos of the incident being removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim by MLS.
What some see as slow I personally see as deliberative. I see MLS giving their ultimate response and consequence for Clark the consideration a reaction to an incident of this gravity deserves. Also, the Houston Dyanamo have two weeks without playing a game, so any suspension wouldn’t take effect until mid-April.
While patient now, my patience isn’t everlasting and hope to have MLS’ disciplinary decision soon so we can work to make sure this is the last incident like this we see in the league we love.
What do you think?
We received this statement from the Houston Dynamo staff regarding Colin Clark’s behavior last night:
We are aware of the incident involving Colin Clark during the Seattle match. Colin is very remorseful for his actions, which were inappropriate and do not represent his true character. He has issued a public apology and he will personally apologize to the ball boy. The League is reviewing the situation to determine disciplinary measures. Colin and the club will be fully cooperative in the process.
Early in last night’s game between the Houston Dynamo and the Seattle Sounders, Houston midfielder Colin Clark used an anti-gay slur reportedly directed at a ball boy that was caught on a sideline microphone.
Clark took to Twitter early this morning to issue an apology:
I’d like to offer a sincere apology to everyone who watched the game, especially the ball boy for whom I used awful language towards.
— Colin Clark (@cOlin_cLark7) March 24, 2012
I didn’t mean to disrespect anyone and am sorry for letting my emotions get the best of me. It’s not who I am and it won’t happen again.
— Colin Clark (@cOlin_cLark7) March 24, 2012
— Colin Clark (@cOlin_cLark7) March 24, 2012
We take Clark’s apology to be genuine, but would also like to talk to him further about this matter. One cannot understate the severity of this matter, considering the target of the slur was a youth and it all happened on a nationally televised broadcast.
We have yet to see statements from MLS or the Houston Dynamo about this matter, but we are reaching out to them.
The Houston Dynamo captured a big win against Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center this weekend. The Dynamo, who made it all the way to the MLS Cup Finals last season, have not won their first game of the season since 2006.
It looked like the Dynamo would walk away scoreless in their first regular season match of 2012 when the game remained scoreless at the end of 90 minutes. It was Andre Hainault who notched the game winner in stoppage time to help the Dynamo walk away with three points. Hainault, who was married last November (boo!), is no stranger to scoring goals. Hainault scored three goals last season, with two of those goals coming in the Dynamo’s post season playoff run.
The Texian Army has released a statement in regards to the recent sanctions against Dynamo Supporters Groups. Before I get to the issues that they have addressed within their statement, I would like to applaud the Texian Army for putting together such a poignant and well worded statement. Their words come in stark contrast to those of Miguel Sada, a co-founder of El Batallon, who seemed to have spoken too quickly and with too much anger. It is clear that the Texian Army work diligently to provide a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere at Dynamo games. I truly hope that Major League Soccer takes notice of their wonderful statement and reinstates Supporters exemptions as soon as possible.
The group addresses some key issues that have thus far been left unanswered. On Monday rumors of full and half season bans began spreading like wildfire throughout the Dynamo fan community. The Texian Army have confirmed these rumors.
The sanctions against the Dynamo Supporters Groups announced on Monday have been widely speculated about throughout the soccer community. I’d like to take a brief moment to introduce the Dynamo Supporters Groups in an effort to bring more understanding to the debate. The Dynamo have four major Supporters Groups: The Texian Army, El Batallon, La Bateria and Brickwall. Each group is unique, yet they all come together on game days and lead chants throughout the stadium. The sanctions affect all four of these groups.
Many of the chants lead by the Supporters Groups include profanity. Miguel Sada, the same Supporters Group leader that announced the sanctions on Monday, defended those chants and other unsafe practices by stating on his Twitter:
@OrtizKicks Flares, Bombs, Chants are part of Futbol culture, there’s baseball for ppl that like silence, nachos and a good nap.
— Miguel Sada (@miguelsada19) February 28, 2012
For Groups who are attempting to get their exemptions back, Sada’s words come across as unaffected, rude and careless.
Ayla reported Monday on restrictions placed on travelling Houston Dynamo supporters in the wake of incidents of bad behavior on a few occasions during the 2011 season.
We will have more from Ayla and the Houston perspective as she puts some thoughts together from the affected groups.
In the meantime, our LA writer Tommy had his camera at the ready at the end of the 2011 MLS Cup. As the final seconds wound down, he was hoping to capture the final whistle and ensuing celebration as his team became League Champions for the third time.