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Houston Player Calls Ball Boy a 'F**kin' Faggot', May Be Disciplined by Major League Soccer


Major League Soccer is reviewing an incident at a game on Friday in night in which Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark called a ball boy a "f**kin' faggot" during a game. The slur was picked up by a mic and caught on camera.

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Colin_clarkESPN reports:

"We are aware of the incident involving Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark during the game in Seattle Friday night, and his public apology for it," MLS said in a statement, according to the Houston Chronicle. "MLS is conducting a thorough review of the facts and examining possible disciplinary action."

Clark, on the sideline for a throw-in, had reached out for the ball boy to throw the ball to him. When the ball boy failed to do so, Clark directed the gay slur and a profanity at him, with an NBC microphone nearby.

He offered his apology through tweets on Saturday. Tweeted Clark:

"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...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....I'm very sorry for my actions tonight and I would love for you to consider me a #soccerally moving forward."

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Mar 26, 2012 10:09:38 AM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Mar 26, 2012 10:11:51 AM

  3. 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.

    Posted by: Hugh | Mar 26, 2012 10:20:32 AM

  4. Evidently, it IS who you are. You're fired.

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Mar 26, 2012 10:21:44 AM

  5. "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?

    Posted by: Glenn Rivera | Mar 26, 2012 10:38:05 AM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: RichB in PS | Mar 26, 2012 11:04:06 AM

  7. Apology accepted. Let's move on.

    Posted by: Bingo | Mar 26, 2012 11:09:42 AM

  8. 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?

    Posted by: sparks | Mar 26, 2012 11:12:10 AM

  9. 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.

    Posted by: pdxblueyesxblueyespx | Mar 26, 2012 11:13:29 AM

  10. I am sick of empty apologies--and passes given to "cutie" bigots by empty queens.

    Posted by: Jason | Mar 26, 2012 11:15:27 AM

  11. 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


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

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 26, 2012 11:19:28 AM

  12. 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!

    Posted by: Mary | Mar 26, 2012 11:37:52 AM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 26, 2012 11:47:33 AM

  14. 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.

    Posted by: atomic | Mar 26, 2012 12:03:23 PM

  15. 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!

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 26, 2012 12:05:24 PM

  16. 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.

    Posted by: atomic | Mar 26, 2012 12:12:00 PM

  17. 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.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 26, 2012 12:20:18 PM

  18. "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?

    Posted by: Alan | Mar 26, 2012 12:22:32 PM

  19. The homophobia of the white community is out of control.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Mar 26, 2012 1:04:17 PM

  20. 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.

    Posted by: Dave | Mar 26, 2012 1:09:58 PM

  21. @Chitown Kevin, that was so good

    Posted by: ger | Mar 26, 2012 1:25:24 PM

  22. 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...

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Mar 26, 2012 1:32:42 PM

  23. 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, 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.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 26, 2012 1:32:46 PM

  24. 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.

    Posted by: db | Mar 26, 2012 1:42:32 PM

  25. 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.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 26, 2012 1:44:43 PM

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