US soccer player apologizes for gay slur

Colin Clark says he is sorry for 'awful language' he directed at ball boy

US soccer player apologizes for gay slur
27 March 2012

Major League Soccer is conducting a 'thorough review' of an incident in which Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark called a ball boy a 'faggot' during a game last weekend.

A television microphone captured Clark uttering the slur to the ball boy during a throw-in situation. Apparenty the player wasn't issued a new ball as quickly as he wanted during the opening minutes of a game on Friday (23 March) against the Seattle Sounders.

Houston went on to lose the game 2-0.

With the incident garnering a lot of attention, Clark, 27, has taken to Twitter to say he is sorry.

'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,' Clark tweeted. '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.'

It's not clear what kind of punishment Clark might face over the incident. The league said in a statement: '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 is conducting a thorough review of the facts and examining possible disciplinary action.'

Clark has played for Houston since 2010. He had previously spent four seasons with the Colorado Rapids where he was named the Rapids’ humanitarian of the year in 2009 for volunteer work that included fundraising for a children’s cancer and hospital and school visits.

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