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  1. Dexter67 says

    Please no more apologizes we heard them too many times… and frankly cannot be accepted.

  2. atomic says

    I’m tired of seeing the same bigoted, homophobic remarks spewing out of people’s mouths and then having them “apologize” for it afterward when they’re caught. They must be held accountable. Slapping them on the wrist is not good enough. This guy, and everyone else like him, needs to be FIRED, ostracized, and made to realize that an apology means nothing.

    “Soccer ally” my A**. If you really were an “ally,” the mere THOUGHT of using that kind of language to demean someone else you consider beneath you would not have even entered you mind.

  3. Tim NC says

    “It’s not who I am and it won’t happen again”

    It’s obviously exactly who you are. In an unguarded moment when “edit mode” was turned off on your brain, this is the garbage that naturally came spilling out. If it isn’t who you are at your core when you aren’t “watching and controlling what you say”, you wouldn’t have said it.

  4. sparks says

    I am so tired of hearing public figures explaining, “It’s not who I am” … and blaming heat-of-the-moment situations for saying something offensive.

    Those high pressure situations — when you’re not taking time to filter yourself for political correctness — *most* illustrate who you REALLY are and what you REALLY think.

    Saying it isn’t who they are is basically saying they’re sorry they got caught; not sorry they did something wrong. I’m much more receptive to an apology when the offender admits that they do have a prejudice but that they’re working to overcome it.

  5. FFS says

    Sure. Clearly, he meant “f**kin’ faggot” in an entirely respectful way. Otherwise known as the didn’t-expect-to-get-caught way.

    That said, I imagine being a Major League Soccer player in a country that doesn’t give a toss about soccer at all is punishment in and of itself.

  6. Eric says

    Like so many of us, I’m sick of the “not who I am” copout. As long as they keep saying “this isn’t me” there is no motivation for them to actually change anything about themselves. Look, if you want to be a homophobic jerk, fine, be one. But take responsibility for it. If you don’t want to be one, then take responsibility for yourself and change.

  7. says

    Well, perhaps I’m a bit too pollyanna-ish, but the apology seemed to come much more quickly than we’ve seen in similar situations ( Ratner )–although it’s a lot easier to apologize in a tweet than it is in person. I do agree that actions speak louder than words, so it will be interesting to see how he follows up his claims of being an ‘ally’…

  8. Paul in Charleston says

    I agree, take responsibility for the words that came out of your mouth. It WAS you and you DID mean to disrespect somebody.

  9. Ricco says

    Talk about Effen “f’s”. The guy is a cutie, so his behavior is forgiven, and you think he is sincere?

    LOL

    Whatever!!

    I want to be a better person, better than my impulses, better than the impulses of others, but there must be some standard of behavior for what is and is not acceptable.

    I do not speak for others, but me, personally, I am a little tired with jocks using adrenaline, testosterone, frustration, and whatever else pops inside their head they think will pass as an excuse for abysmal public, televised behavior.

    The reason they are paid the big bucks, overpaid some would say, is they are supposed to be professionals. Is it too much, really, to expect a professional athlete to be as athletic in how they comport themselves before the entire world, as their ability to run up and down a huge pasture for two hours?

    He humiliated this ball boy in front of the world, so in front of the world he should personally apologize to him, and do something special for him.

    Anything less is disingenuous.

  10. JHR459 says

    I agree with Dexter and disagree with Jason2. I am sick of hearing empty apologies simply as PR moves. How does someone in this day and time with all of the racists, homophobes, etc, still come out with those types of remarks if they don’t mean them. NO MORE APOLOGIES. Fire his ass (and I don’t give a rat’s ass how cute he is Jason2 – Jeez, is this what we allow ourselves to be reduced to – we will overlook injustice if the person is cute or hot enough. Shame!)

  11. JHR459 says

    And after reading the rest of the posts (perhaps I could have read everything before I posted), it would appear the the majority of us are in agreement and I imagine this is also reflected in our larger community as well.APOLOGIES WON’T WORK ANYMORE!

  12. RBearSAT says

    Actually I think this was a teachable moment. Clark now understands how his actions can impact people and hopefully he’s dealing with this issue in his behavior. Granted, it was made public thanks to a mike at field level and might not have been caught had it been in another part of the field, but it was caught and Clark is now dealing with the issue.

    I’m for second chances, if the person is willing to take the effort to rectify the situation. We’ll see what Clark’s follow-up is like. Now if it’s continued regressive behavior, then that’s a problem.

    Reading some of the responses in here if I applied your logic on this matter, many of you would be bumped off the board for your actions and attitudes. Second chances go both ways.

  13. Tim NC says

    @RBEARSAT…… There is no inconsistency in believing in second chances and also expecting the person’s apology to acknowledge that they do hold homophobic beliefs and will work to change instead of making the claim that this outburst didn’t represent who they really were.

  14. endo says

    Oh honey, you play for MLS. This is not the Champions League. You can pick up your own damn ball. #soccerdiva

  15. Sarm says

    Make this Southern filth suffer the same humiliation he put the ball boy through. Throw him out on the street. Wastrels such as he need to learn there are consequences for actions.

  16. Oliver says

    Of course he apologized (and fast), because he wants to keep his job. But don’t let that fool you, this guy’s a royal *ss h*le. Add him to the list…

  17. jason says

    Colin Clark is only sorry that he got caught by the microphone. Pathetic little dweeb.

  18. Oliver says

    @RBEARSAT
    “Reading some of the responses in here if I applied your logic on this matter, many of you would be bumped off the board for your actions and attitudes.”

    Bumped off what board? For what actions and attitudes?

  19. bobbyjoe says

    If this guy spouted a racist or anti-Semitic slur, he wouldn’t get away with saying “oops, that’s not who I am”– the question would be why did that word come to mind for him in the first place. If normal people get angry or upset, they might through out a curse word in the heat of the moment like “damn” or “sh*t”– but people don’t throw out bigoted terms unless they’re a bigot.

  20. Matt26 says

    I understand sometimes we say what we are not suppose to. And sometime apologies are genuine. I believe here they are. BUT still, why so often those words?

  21. Fenrox says

    Whatever, that was hilarious. I am 100% OK with the word being used randomly and in a nonsensical fashion. Usually that would require using it on inanimate objects, but this was comical because that kid wasn’t doing anything! He just walked up and slurred the kid and ran off.

    I doubt he is a hate filled bigot waiting to kill gays.

  22. Hue-Man says

    Whether he wrote it or the club PR person, it’s good to see an apology without the obligatory “If I happened to offend any perverts,etc…” Two things he could do to make the apology real and prove it wasn’t who he is: check out what NHL players are doing to improve LGBT acceptance and do something positive, e.g. Trevor Project or local GSA or whatever. A face-to-face apology to the ball boy is the starting point.

  23. Hugh says

    Frankly the fact he apologized is enough for me. If I was outraged everytime something like this happened, there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day to sleep.

    What’s laughable are the people who’re quick to judge this person a bigot. One comment isn’t indicative of anyone’s life. Otherwise we’d all be bigots, b/c god knows all of us have made offensive remarks at one point in our lives (Yes, that racist mexican joke you’ve told your friends counts).

    It happened, he apologized, now leave it to the drama queens to provide the residual outrage, then move on with your life.

  24. Glenn Rivera says

    “Faggit”? He’s the one wearing the yellow socks and those aweful shorts!!!

    Cute or not – enough is enough. What would he have said or done if not in front of thousands?

  25. RichB in PS says

    Clark’s all to easy/quick apology contains a usual empty public statement, other than a possible worthless censure — may be Clark knows some kind of intimate knowledge that is not so public.

  26. sparks says

    I guess the question MLS needs to ask itself when deciding what action to take is this: If we took away “f**kin’ faggot” and substituted the expression “f**kin’ ni**er” directed at the ball boy – would there even BE a discussion about the correct course of action?

  27. pdxblueyesxblueyespx says

    OK, maybe its me, or its a generational thing… But I was raised to think before I speak. If you KNOW what you say is going to be hurtful – DON’T SAY IT. and apologies? would he have apologized if the mic didn’t pick up his words? doubtful… Another asshat with no filters. Amazing.

  28. ratbastard says

    Colin Clark is only sorry that he got caught by the microphone. Pathetic little dweeb.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 26, 2012 9:10:59 AM

    =========

    *BUMP*
    Gentleman’s bet Clark’s an a-hole in other aspects of his life and relationships.

  29. Mary says

    This is a hard call to make. Obviously it’s good that he apologized. He seems genuinely contrite to me. But even if he didn’t MEAN to hurt anyone with his words, why were those words even on his mind? Despite being against some things in the gay rights agenda, it never occurs to me when having a disagreement or quarrel with a gay person, “that lousy fag” or some oher such phrase. It’s just not me. Ironically, though there are people who are totally pro-gay in their politics who at the slightest provocation will use a gay slur against someone. I actually think I’m less homophobic than they are, but probably not everyone here would agree!

  30. Paul says

    People present their ‘real’ selves during the heat of the moment when their guard is down and their filters off. It seems to me that what he’s really apologizing for is getting caught.

  31. atomic says

    To all of you so eager to accept his apology and “move on.” Let’s get something clear RIGHT NOW. If someone in the NBA made a racial remark against another player, you BET they would be fired ON THE SPOT. It would be the instant death of your career.

    But here we have some soccer player who thinks he’s more important than he really is, trashing someone he considers a lesser person with a bigoted remark, but all he has to do is apologize and that’s okay with you because he seems “sincere?” I’m sorry, but attitudes that lead to people calling others faggots do not just get erased overnight simply because they suddenly feel contrite. Those of you who think it’s enough for him to just say sorry are much too eager to listen to what you want to hear, while ignoring the reality that this kind of behavior and outright bigotry has real consequences in our society. It is NOT okay, it will NEVER be okay, and it CANNOT be forgiven or tolerated. It MUST be punished in the strongest way possible, or else it’s just going to keep happening. As long as society shows that an apology is acceptable, then that’s ALL we’re ever going to get. We’re just going to get people who shout “faggot” and express the homophobia they usually hide, only to just say “sorry” and think nothing more of it.

    The only way to change attitudes is if you put real force behind changing them and show people that they will be held FULLY accountable for their behavior. That means loss of one’s job, loss of one’s status, and potential civil penalties. We live in a society where it would be unconscionable to allow any professional athlete to ever say a racist remark and get away with it. And that is where we also need to be with homophobia. That would be a career killer. Fans would be disgusted. So why is anti-gay bigotry still excused? Anything less is implicitly allowing it to continue.

  32. Jeff says

    I so agree with the many comments about “apologizing” after the fact. It doesn’t erase the hurt that the words have already inflicted. And how many of these homophobes who are so vocal in their comments are actually closeted themselves?! In my opinion…apology nOT accepted!

  33. atomic says

    For this soccer player, what he does on the field is HIS JOB. I don’t care if that job involves getting worked up and aggressive. There are other people who do jobs involving heightened emotions and they don’t go around yelling homophobic slurs at others. So for him to say something like that while he is playing is tantamount to someone in your office suddenly shouting a racial epithet at another co-worker. You would expect that if someone did that at your job, management and HR would have him out the door by the end of the day.

    But instead, we give these a**holes a pass and chalk it up to “sports aggression.” He gets to apologize for his bigotry in some lame tweets that his PR people probably wrote for him. If you do not understand how wrong this is, then you are just as guilty of being conditioned by society to believe in those excuses.

  34. Mike says

    I want to know why sports figures and entertainers who use the f-word figure they can make amends by saying “it’s not me”.

    Fact is, it IS them. I doubt if the apology would have been made if it hadn’t been caught on a mic.

    If you use the n-word, you’re a racist. Otherwise, you wouldn’t use it. Same principle applies.

  35. Alan says

    “Major League Soccer is reviewing an incident” What is there to review? Seems an obvious insult. Do the league and the team have any standards for player behaviour?

  36. Dave says

    I’ll accept his apologies, provided, of course, that he actually follows through on being an ally and spends time, energy and money promoting equality within and without MLS.

  37. Hollywood, CA says

    Since this seems to keep happening with sports stars/professionals, maybe they can do something more than just an apology. No one can really know if the apology is true, especially since it’s related to your job and $$$. People will do anything to save their job, so the apologies don’t usually ring true.

    However, if these guys would go above and beyond apologies, maybe it would help everyone involved. Donate some money to the Ball Boys who work hard to keep the game going, offer to do something for them to pay them back for the gross disrespect. Then, donate some money to helping at risk LGBT kids, or any gay organization. Your actions will always speak louder than your words, or the words of your publicist.

    Apologies from the safety of your Tweets suck. And, let’s not kid ourselves that this was the 1st time you have ever uttered those words before…

  38. Francis says

    Sorry, Bingo, Fenrox and other gays who are defending this man, but this cannot be swept under the rug with a “now let’s move on”. FIRST of all, this man disrespected this ballboy in front of a national audience. On that alone, he should be suspended. That doesn’t even begin to address his homophobia. Remove the homophobia aspect, and Colin Clark should be SUSPENDED for what he did here. I mean, that’s utterly douchey, to attack a ballboy who is providing for YOU as a player. That’s such an indication of a lack of class in every way.

    Now, to the homophobia aspect……….I can accept his apology to the extent that he may actually be sorry for what he did. And he may be delusional enough to believe that this “isn’t” who he is, that he’s not a bigot. Since the f-word has been so ingrained in the minds of people, to an extent I can accept a plea of ignorance on this occasion, or at the very least, that after the fact he realizes what he did was wrong and has had a serious reality check. But that’s as far as that goes. Colin Clark USED the word, and ultimately, this is who he is. He IS someone who uses gay-slurs when angry. He IS someone who considers gay slurs an acceptable means to insult someone. Maybe now that he’s gotten checked for what he did and is receiving his due public scorn, he’s taking a hard look at himself and not liking what he sees. Ultimately, MLS has to send the message that, no, this is not how our sport wants to be represented publicly, and take swift and stern action. As has been said, the only way to ELIMINATE this sort of language from the public sphere is to PUNISH people accordingly for using it. That’s the only way people will get it. You have to smack them upside the head with a dose of reality…………..no, you can’t do this and think you’ll get away with it with an apology after the fact. You messed up, and now you have to pay the price.

  39. db says

    When bigots say “that’s not who I am”–I just really have to wonder. If it’s not who you are why did you say it? If it’s not who you are why was that the word that came out of your mouth.

  40. says

    i just with these “APOLOGIES” used more specific language.

    explain what it is, specifically, that you’re apologizing for, and why.

    “i’m sorry for this comment, and i apologize to the gay community for the use of that derogatory slur as an insult. i support the gay community, wholeheartedly, and pledge to fight prejudice” would have been a lot better.

    i’m rather over this “oh, uh, i used the wrong language” b.s.

  41. Francis says

    Also, I definitely have to say, we’ll see how Colin Clark follows up on his “I’m a soccer ally” comment before making any declarations on he being a changed individual after this incident. I’m pretty sure the Houston Dynamo have done several gay events in the past and have at least one player outspoken in their support for equality, so I DOUBT he will get away unpunished here. He can make amends for what he did if he proves he’s contrite with ACTIONS. Until then, it’s all talk.

    What we’re seeing, though, is progress. Gay-slurs, racial-slurs, sexist-slurs, so many different things, they are EMBEDDED in the culture of sports. And athletes have been conditioned to not have the filter regular-citizens have, they haven’t had to take responsibility for their actions, because there has been so much idolization of athletes in society, they’ve been protected from the rules everyone else in society has to abide by. That is changing now. It started with Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah a few seasons ago in the NBA. Then it went to James Harrison suffering one of the heaviest fines in NFL history for his actions. Athletes aren’t allowed to get away with irresponsible, ignorant behavior anymore. They know it and are doing damage control when called out when they do wrong. And to continue this path of progress, there can be NO easing off of the expectations that these athletes behave as any normal, reasonable adult human being would do.

  42. mike/ says

    “It’s not who I am and it won’t happen again….”

    but ya are, Blanche, ya are…

    apologies should never be accepted whether the comments are racial, homophobic, misogynistic, or directed to anyone using stereotypical derogatories; words cannot be taken back…

  43. Kenny says

    Whatever another lame ass insincere apology could care less if he looks good or doesnt.I dont base a persons integrity on how they look if he were truly apologetic he would have addressed the LGBT community for his hurtful and hateful slur.But he didnt this is yet ANOTHER apology to save face and not lose endorsement deals etc… Pathetic.Save your apology until its real genuine and sincere kid.

  44. ophu says

    People, evolution applies to civil rights and civil decency as well. It doesn’t happen instantly, so everyone here who’s ever wanted a second chance should give this guy a second chance.

    What I’m saying is let’s all try to evolve.

  45. Hugh says

    It’s getting tiring reading all this outrage on the comments section of blogs. From the vitriol on here, you’d think this sh*t actually matters.

    He apologized and it was a sincerely worded apology, not a sarcastic laden/passive-aggressive non-apology. Now it doesn’t actually matter if he was sincere, or if there was an ulterior motive behind it. The fact is, he did it.

    The whole point of coexisting in a diverse society is having the tact not to act on your prejudices (of which everyone has in some form) and when you do, going through the proper social protocols to rectify it.

    Now let’s all move on with our lives, b/c a million other things have already happened, and a million other internet posts that demand anonymous outraged comments.

  46. Jmac says

    “I’m sorry I let my emotions get the best of me” translated: “I’m sorry I was overheard by a microphone”

  47. NVAgBoi says

    Ahh hyes. I see the MLS PR team got right on the ball reporting copyright infringement to YouTube, ensuring this video can’t be played over, and over, and over again….

  48. Mary says

    For his punishment I sentence this man to a year as a Towleroad blogger defending his views against Little Kiwi. That’ll teach him to make homophobic slurs!

  49. Jason 2 says

    Sticks and stones, homos. Gotta have thicker skin — throwing around the word “faggot” surely isn’t nice, but it doesn’t mean that someone is a homophobe, either. (Though perhaps insensitive regardless.)

  50. tjm2112 says

    The fact that this cheap, tactless type of “apology” is considered “sincere” AND that someone here made the asinine observation that the MLS-er is a “cutie” makes me feel like throwing up.

  51. Randy says

    Video no longer available, due to a “copyright claim by MLS”.

    20 seconds is of course fair use. YouTube is enabling MLS to hide a news event that happened at their event.

    How long do we tolerate YouTube’s censorship of news?

  52. tjm2112 says

    Jason 2 | Mar 26, 2012 4:56:47 PM Posted
    “Sticks and stones, homos. Gotta have thicker skin — throwing around the word “faggot” surely isn’t nice, but it doesn’t mean that someone is a homophobe, either. (Though perhaps insensitive regardless.)”

    Well, Jason 2, You make a good point, but it doesn’t apply here. I don’t care if this guy, Clark, or God himself is a homophobe. The deal is this: if this MLS-er used the n-word, or the antisemitic k-word, or another racial slur, would it result in so little fanfare, and outrage – as you imply? He’s a man, a big jock, in ugly clothes using a hateful bully’s warcry against a KID! He may be gay himself and out and proud, for all I care. Doesn’t matter. If I heard or saw this in a gay bar, doesn’t matter. The fact remains: he just fortified a bunch of ignorant bigots with ballast for their next attack, whether he meant to or not, and gave a tactless, disingenuous apology.

  53. Jason 2 says

    @TJM

    I agree with you in principle, I just don’t understand the hostility. He said something he shouldn’t have, he apologized. Whether or not you think the apology was genuine or good enough or too lame or whatever, I think that’s the end of the story as it stands.

    I agree with Hugh above. Be the bigger man, accept his apology with a wary eye. Someone who throws around words like “faggot” deserves little more.

  54. Alexx says

    We know he is only sorry he got caught, and you know what? I don’t care anymore. I think I’ve come to the point where I no longer hope or believe that people have the ability to be empathetic and respectful to others. I’m just gonna live my life, help the people around me, and die knowing that god took a vacation a long time ago.

  55. Karl says

    The Internet treats censorship as damage, etc.

    … There’s no reason to believe he’s insincere, I’m moving on.

  56. DanSwon says

    Sounds like a genuine apology and he’s not making up lame excuses. I would happily accept and move on. It’s just one dumb word said in the heat of the moment and he used it as a general insult rather than an anti-gay slur

  57. RBearSAT says

    Funny, after I wrote my comment this morning, I noticed the vitriol of our community come spewing out in all sorts of forms and fashions, some to the point of pure embarrassment. As I said this morning, I hope this was a teachable moment, and I believe it was.

    With regards to suspension, that’s up to the MLS to decide how to deal with this, not us. As for the “he’s cute” comments, well that’s just another problem in our community. It demonstrates how shallow we really are, or at least some of us are.

    Hopefully he will realize it’s not right to treat people like that. If I’m not mistaken, that game was a disappointment for the Dynamo, being their first season game. According to the Houston Chronicle website “MLS is conducting a thorough review of the facts and examining possible disciplinary action.” Also according to the Dynamo organization, “He has issued a public apology and he will personally apologize to the ball boy.” BTW, you might peruse the comments at the Chron site for more insight into the incident from people who are a part of the city and actually follow the team.

    http://www.chron.com/sports/dynamo/article/Dynamo-s-Clark-apologizes-for-directing-gay-slur-3432475.php

  58. Chuck Mielke says

    Now, I don’t know any of these other posters, but I’m willing to bet that some of them have prejudices about which they’re equally unguarded.

    Admit it, guys: how many of you make rude remarks about “bottoms” or feel superior to anyone who’s overweight? My point is that if we want the world to be a better place, we need to recognize and change our own prejudices. I know I still have work to do, and I send out congratulations to others working on their own difficulties.

    We’re all struggling with some kind of prejudice. Let’s have a little compassion for those who get caught in a public display of poor impulse control.

  59. H8Str8s says

    Who cares about athletes, sports, or the neanderthals who watch? They are worthless str8 scum. We know already, if you are an athlete then you have used the word “faggot” repeatedly. If you watch sports you said “Right ON!” when you heard that slur.
    “Kill them all and let God sort them out.”

  60. Derek Washington says

    Guys, if we don’t accept an apologies anymore, why do we ask for and expect them?

  61. Drew says

    MLS is scrubbing the Net pretty good- I can’t find a single copy of this video due to ‘copyright’ issues. Ugh.

  62. Henry Holland says

    “Who cares about athletes, sports, or the neanderthals who watch?”

    I do.

    “They are worthless str8 scum”

    Hahahah, I’ve had more cocks in my mouth than you’ve had hot dinners, straight my ass AND I know more about sports than 98% of straight guys.

    “We know already, if you are an athlete then you have used the word “faggot” repeatedly”

    Liar.

    “If you watch sports you said “Right ON!” when you heard that slur”

    Liar.

    “Kill them all and let God sort them out.”

    Feel the love, can’t you just feel it?

  63. Tarc says

    At the end of the day, what was said was said, the guy knows that it’s wrong, he’s apologized ( a real one, not one of the many, many non-apologies we seem to constantly get), and his superiors will be monitoring the situation. I’m certainly not perfect, and while I have no illusion that that wasn’t the first time the player said something like that (or the hundreth), I think this challenge might have gotten though. Time will tell, but I’m always willing to give people the benefit of the doubt for an honest apology.

  64. Suj Za says

    A real “ALLY” would not have muttered or even simply had the thought of saying such derogatory language to anyone else.

    FAKE ALLY. That is all this guy is!!

  65. David Hearne says

    I guess when you play soccer and look like one of Ralph Lauren’s A list prostitutes, you have to do something to make you feel better about yourself.

    On the bright side, Colin has been accepted into the Miss Canada beauty pageant.

  66. Nigel says

    Well my Grandma made me apologize in the same manner that I made an ass of myself. So I think the apology should be on TV and to the person he insulted. “Dear Mr. Ball Person I apologize to you for my behavior. I am sorry for my behavior.” And he should say it to the person’s face not in cyberspace via twitter. His twitter apology is a cowards way out. Next thing, I’m from Seattle and the stadium was build with taxpayer funds so as a human that is gay I am disappointed in the use of my taxes to fund an event that bullies people.

  67. says

    For those who are unaware, the Twitter account Clark’s apology was directed to is also a website, one started this year to support the concepts of equality and inclusion in soccer, particularly within the United States. It is written by GLBT writers and their straight allies.

    And they have a pretty impressive list of U.S. players, supporter’s groups, and personalities publicly supporting the cause via the #soccerally charter.

    (And you’ll notice Clark is not on the list, despite his request in the tweet; the jury is still out on that one, I guess.)

  68. jack says

    Its not a big deal. It doesn’t define Colin Clark. In the heat of the moment he called someone an insulting name. Many people do it, myself included, frequently. Only the people who come in contact with Colin on a regular basis know what kind of a person he really is. Move on. Just look at the names littlekiwi and other leftists throw around on this site.

  69. David Hearne says

    Truth be told, this really isn’t the worst incident in professional soccer; it’s one person calling one person a slur.

    Our moral betters (Our European cousins), have witnessed large sections of the fans in their stadiums throw bananas on the field and make monkey noises at congoid players in Norway. The Scots have thrown potatoes on the field at the Irish. And for some unknown reason no one likes the Pakis or Turks so they sing “I’d rather be a Paki than a Turk”.

    I suspect that all of this keeps coming back to the inherent insult to masculinity that is soccer. Seriously, girls can play soccer.

  70. darkmoonman says

    It takes far more than saying “I’m sorry”. I don’t cared if he’s cute or talented. He can rot. THere was no reason to call the ballboy anything at all.

  71. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    FIRST, THE VIDEO CLIP WAS NOT GOOD, I COULD NOT HEAR THE SLUR. AN ATHLETE IN A TESTOSTERONE-FILLED ENVIRONMENT USES A SLUR. THE “BALL BOY” IS TOO SENSITIVE AND COMES OUT LOOKING LIKE A FOOL. [Why would someone want to be a “ball boy,” then, becomes upset when called an emasculating name in a sports setting?]. “BALL BOY” NEEDS BALLS.
    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON