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Soccer player Colin Clark under fire for calling ball boy a ‘fucking faggot’

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Houston Dynamo winger Colin Clark is under fire for calling a ball boy a “fucking faggot” in Friday night’s soccer match in Seattle after he wasn’t tossed a new ball as quickly as he wanted on a throw-in situation.

The gay slur was picked up by pitchside microphones for the live, nationally televised match against the Seattle Sounders.

Watch (listen at 0.03):

(Update: the video of Clark’s slur was widely distributed on YouTube and Vimeo over the weekend, but MLS has aggressively pursued removing every version of the incident as a “copyright” claim, although is has left in tact other YouTube videos of the Dynamo-Sounders match that did not include documentation of Clark’s slur.)

Immediately following the match, Clark, 27, went into damage control, and posted these apologies on Twitter:

Colin Clark

Major League Soccer on Saturday issued a statement that it is reviewing the incident, and said it is “conducting a thorough review of the facts and examining possible disciplinary action.”

“Colin is very remorseful for his actions, which were inappropriate and do not represent his true character,” the Dynamo said in a statement of their own on Saturday. “He has issued a public apology and he will personally apologize to the ball boy.”

The Dynamo lost to the Sounders, 2-0.

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61 more reader comments:

  1. And he should be under fire!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:22pm
  2. Good sports stars need to learn they can’t just let hateful words fly and get away with it.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:22pm
  3. Countdown until he further explains:

    “You all took this comment out of context….”

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:22pm
  4. ^AMEN!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:23pm
  5. Forget what he called him, I’m particularily upset that he would abuse the ball boys to begin with. That’s a huge no-no in any sport.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:25pm
  6. Well, the new racist slur is “faggot”! When will straights learn and say deragatory things to us and not get rebuttals? is like walking up to a African American and saying the ” N” word! Only gays. An call each other that!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:29pm
  7. bloody stupid

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:30pm
  8. Fired That is a person who should not be working with kids.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:31pm
  9. @Kyle – no, he should be ON fire…..

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:31pm
  10. For your Netflix:
    BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM

    Girl soccer player with gay friend.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:32pm
  11. Oh fuck him

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:32pm
  12. There are three words i would never use. The n-word, the C-word and the F-word. It sickens me that people still use any of those words. I think he should be punished for the use of the word, i dont know about getting fired, but at least educated on how harmful the word can be.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:32pm
  13. i personally think we are too sensitive to everything… if they are not directing it towards us idf what they say when they are mad… hell i say that shit too when I hit my toe… doesnt mean that im trying to be hurtful or mean… it just shit that pops outta our mouths wen stuff happens… and yes i am a lesbian women so.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:38pm
  14. What a douche! I think he SHOULD get fired! Make an example out of him.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:38pm
  15. @Ryan those are the 3 words I refuse to say as well!

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:42pm
  16. @Candi… I don’t think you’d feel that way if YOU were the target of such vitriol.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:45pm
  17. Its not just about what he said its about who he said it to. I do agree he should be reprimanded for his actions, he’s an athelet & he should be held at a higher standard then the average person, but we’re all human & we all make mistakes. I’m not defending him or his actions, but speaking as a lesbian & who knows that words can hurt & scar some people in a way everyone should think a bit more before we speak.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:48pm
  18. Any good GAY BARS in Houston, TX ???

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:01pm
  19. Colin Clark is a fucking retard.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:01pm
  20. does any one think if he called that boy a NIG*** anyone would even be debating the action to take. SO being a F**** is still just a slap on the hand, reminds me of the 50′s still.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:02pm
  21. When I mean “good”, like they show UFC fights on a large screen.

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:07pm
  22. Down right PATHETIC!!!

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:09pm
  23. Wowwwwwwwwww! Pure ignorance..

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:16pm
  24. I read his apology tweets and well…Everybody’s sorry when their idiocy goes public in a viral sort of of way. Frustrating, no infuriating! Spoken as a lesbian mom of 4 that play this game. Grrrrrr

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:17pm
  25. What happened to the days when that word meant “pile of sticks”? :(

    Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:47pm
  26. the only thing worse than being a dumb bigot is being a soccer player!

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:03am
  27. Maybe he was hitting on him.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:18am
  28. asshole

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:22am
  29. i was hiiting on the ball..he is good in bed and full of fun..plus he is a ball in bed

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:24am
  30. Now why wud he say tat jus to boost the game are his ego none the less sure he feels like a Fag himself

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:25am
  31. Let’s get real for a minute! It’s a part of popular slang… no matter how inappropriate and offensive it might be!!!

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:25am
  32. Doesn’t this guy realize that he’s the one who plays with all the balls? On a similar note, everytime I see that hateful, disgusting, word, I’m just going to replace it with “douchebag soccer player.” P.S. Nobody gives a shit about soccer (at least not in this country).

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:29am
  33. RE MIX SOME SHIT to make it happy

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:30am
  34. Jerk

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:32am
  35. oh cry me a river

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:34am
  36. But in Europe, doesn’t a fucking faggot mean a bundle of sticks used for fornicating? When you smoke a fag, it just doesn’t mean the same as it does in the US. It’s like when you put the finger in the dyke. Totally different meaning.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:36am
  37. WHO THE FUCK CARES, did he hit him,its a fucking word, fag ..IAM A FAG,IAM GAY

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:37am
  38. Hope they fire the douchebag.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:39am
  39. GET THE FUCK OVER IT , IAM A FAG ,,WHAT IS IT THE N WORD SHIT …..ONLyTHOSE CAN SAY THAT WORD, well fag,homo,queer,sister,girl,bitch,queen,jew,spic,cunt,poll climber,carpet muncher,

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:43am
  40. marriage…worry

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:54am
  41. Another immature jock who thinks it’s ok to call people faggots. And people wonder why I don’t like sports.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:02am
  42. To Colon Clark.
    Your Hateful.
    & should FIRED!

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:28am
  43. Oh poooooh Colin.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:28am
  44. Ok. Frederick mowry! You are ridiculous not to mention a huge waste of space with all that ignorance!

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3:07am
  45. HE’S ONE HIMSELF MOST LIKELY JUST A THOUGHT NOT A STATEMENT

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 5:18am
  46. Jason, don’t encourage him, it’s clear he’s missed a dose and only wants an audience so as to invoke argument. The player was an ass, got called on it, made a faux apology and stayed to play another day. We see it all the time.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 7:10am
  47. Stupid fu(k!

    And the people defending him. THAT’S EXACTLY WHO HE IS. HIS TRUE NATURE CAME OUT.

    EVERYONE BOYCOTT THE HOUSTON DYNAMOs until they fire that team member or it just means the entire team & their management support his actions.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 8:26am
  48. What a fuktard.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:45pm
  49. as he damn well should be

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:45pm
  50. JERK.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:45pm
  51. does it get any stupider than this?

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:46pm
  52. WOW THAT WAS BAD

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:48pm
  53. If you take every social issue out of this, It is unprofessional to refer to anyone in any aspect as anything other than their title and their name. Sportsmanship is a lost art and entitlement is a disease

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:49pm
  54. Not only fined he should be suspended with out pay and work in. GLBT center

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:50pm
  55. Oh they do it all the time, they’re either gay themselfs or ignorant about homosexuality. Idiot he is.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:54pm
  56. wow. get over it.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:55pm
  57. Suspend him for a few games and fine him heavily. Donate the money to an organization that works with LGBTQ youth.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 12:57pm
  58. One day someone is going to call someone a fucking Fagot and eat a bullet behind it. I wonder if the “I thought people would think I was gay” defence will work to get that person off like it does those who kill gays.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:03pm
  59. Think I agree with Vickie. This seems to be a case of poor sportsmanship rather than a hate crime. Yes it’s not nice to use certain words to mean something bad (wrong). He could also called the other player a retard that now days is politically incorrect to say.

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:03pm
  60. Either way it doesn’t make them better people.. Either they’re Gay themselves or just ignorant people.. Laugh about it. Just know you’re nothing like them..

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:08pm
  61. Fire his ass!

    Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:18pm