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(This post was inspired by a short Twitter conversation with SBNation writer Kevin McCauley, and based on the recent furor over Simon Borg’s comments during the April 30th edition of the ExtraTime Radio podcast — also posted on Waking The Red. )
Hey, how are ya? It’s me, John.
You probably don’t know me yet (or you never will…either way), but I am a huge TFC supporter. I’ve been that way for about six years now. I live in Calgary, which means I have to travel to a lot of TFC matches. In six years, I’ve been to almost all the stadiums on the West Coast, and wear my TFC swag proudly around town.
Oh, but there’s something you probably should know about me: I do bat for the other team…yep, queerer than a three dollar bill. AND I’m seeing someone, too — who doesn’t happen to be a soccer fan. I know, shocking right? I’ll give you a few moments to recover from the shock.
Anyway, where were we? Oh right…me. As I was saying, I’m seeing someone right now, who is a huge science fiction fan. I don’t claim to be an expert on shows like Battlestar Galatica, but does that make him less appealing to me? Nope. The opposite is true; he knows I am a sports fan, and knows about my TFC supporting ways. Does he have a problem with me spending my time writing and covering the team for SBNation? Heck, if he did…he would’ve dumped me right after my trip to LA for the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final.
The Tuesday morning edition of MLSSoccer.com’s Extra Time Radio tackled the Colin Clark incident from Friday night.
I tried to transcribe it all, but it was a thankfully long discussion with some good points, and sadly some poor ones as well, so I jotted down the main ones to address. I also apologize in advance for not knowing all of the speakers by their voices, so only know who said some things based on them being pointed out to me directly.
The full conversation can be found here, from about the 21 minute mark to the 31 minute mark.
The salient points:
- Simon Borg. Oh, Simon Borg. Simon pretty much spent the entire conversation saying that if you suspend Clark for this you need to suspend every player who drops the f-bomb on the field. Simon, you need to head over to GLSEN’s research page and see that almost 85% of GLBT youth are verbally harassed with that word and others like it in their schools; they don’t need to hear the athletes they look up to harassing each other with it as well. Kids are killing themselves out there, Simon. KILLING THEMSELVES. And this is something I take very personally and seriously. I shudder to think if that kid or another one who heard this is gay himself or herself and has to endure hearing that word hurled at him daily.
- There was a good conversation about how this is different than Lee Nguyen’s tweet during preseason and the league not handling that with any disciplinary action. Yes, maybe that should have been handled with more harshness and a good point was made on ETR that non-action then doesn’t mean there can’t be action now, and maybe if there had been action then maybe this incident would not have happened at all. This is something I personally struggle with knowing that we as a site didn’t push for some sort of punishment against Nguyen when he gave a similar apology and desire to do work to learn from his actions. Is it the target (teammate vs. ball boy)? Is it the audience that heard the comment (Twitter vs. a national TV broadcast) ? I don’t know, and please forgive me for not knowing and let’s work on this one together.
- Finally, the discussion ended with the wonderful statement from Greg Lalas that the league should take a lead in sports that this kind of language isn’t a good thing. That the league should take a stand and be progressive. In response to Simon someone also said games should be an atmosphere where players should be able to go to the disciplinary committee or referee and report this sort of behavior even if it’s not caught on a microphone. Amen and amen.
Bring him the finest muffins and bagels in the land.
A reporter for Northeastern University’s student paper has Tweeted that Chick Fil A will not be coming to their campus. Kudos to Adam and all who campaigned against the fast food chain with ties to anti-gay donations.
Simon Borg has already used up his quota of using “impact” in a headline about Montreal.
Get geared up for USA vs. Italy tomorrow with The Shin Guardian’s preview.
We hope Brian Dunseth remembers his behavior in Phoenix when we’re banging on the window of the FC Dallas Park press box shouting his name this season.