Major League Soccer has handed down a punishment for Colin Clark, the Houston Dynamo embroiled in controversy after calling a young ball boy "faggot."
So, what's the punishment?
The MLS announced on Wednesday that it is suspending Clark for three games. Also in the punishment package is an undisclosed fine and mandatory sensitivity training.
Satisfied with the MLS response, Instincters?
The sentencing also inspired Clark to release a new statement on the matter:
"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."
Sigh. They're so pretty until they start talking.
Houston Dynamo (that's a soccer team), Colin Clark put his cleat in his mouth when he yelled a gay slur at a poor, unsuspecting ball boy who rolled a ball to him on the ground, rather than placing it in Clark's hands.
Apparently bending over (to pick up the ball) wasn't an option for the 27 year old Dynamo.
Imagine if we got called "faggot" every time we didn't put our balls in a guy's hands...
Anyway, Clark did apologize on Saturday according to ESPN. He tweeted his 560 followers with the following:
“I'd like to offer a sincere apology to everyone who watched the game, especially the ball boy for whom I used awful language toward.”
“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.”
He also tweeted @gay4soccer, the person who actually posted the incident on YouTube:
“@gay4soccer I'm very sorry for my actions tonight and I would love for you to consider me a #soccerally moving forward.”
What do you think, Instincters? Do we forgive him? He has apologized. Maybe we'll let bygones be bygones if he takes off his shirt. Prove your alliance, Colin Clark!