SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for what Major League Soccer called “unacceptable and offensive language” toward an opponent after using an anti-gay slur.
In announcing the penalty Tuesday, MLS Commissioner Don Garber also ordered Gordon to attend diversity and sensitivity training on top of what all teams undergo to start the season.
Gordon was ejected in the second half Sunday after receiving a pair of yellow cards for fouls. But minutes before his ejection, he was seen on the television broadcast shouting “fucking faggot” at Portland Timbers player Will Johnson on Sunday.
Gordon apologized after the match and said his comments don’t reflect his views.
“I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone who watched tonight’s match on NBC Sports Network. The language I used came during a heated moment and does not reflect my feelings toward the gay and lesbian community. I made a mistake and I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
On Monday, Dave Kaval, president of the San Jose Earthquakes said he was appalled that Gordon directed an anti-gay slur at an opponent.
Kaval said that Gordon’s actions have let down the team’s fans and he will do whatever is necessary so the team can be “viewed as a beacon of diversity, community, and equality.”