MLS suspended Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark three games and fined him an undisclosed amount Wednesday for uttering a homophobic slur at a ball boy Friday night early in the Dynamo's loss at the Seattle Sounders. (Clark, apparently upset that the ball boy dropped the ball at his feet instead of tossing it into his hands, called the ball boy a "f***ing f*****.")
Clark apologized via Twitter hours after the incident.
"Major League Soccer will not tolerate this type of behavior from its players or staff at any time, under any circumstances," MLS Commissioner Don Garbersaid. "Colin Clark has expressed sincere remorse for his actions and I believe that he will learn from this incident."
Clark said, "First of all, I want to apologize for what I did during the Seattle match. I had a chance to speak to the ball boy after the game. I'm sorry to everyone who I offended with that term. I intend to never use that word again in any context. There's absolutely no excuse for using that word. What I said doesn't represent me. It was out of character and out of line. I made a huge mistake by using those words, and I truly regret that. ...
"With what the league has handed down. I accept the punishment from the league and intend to turn this negative into a positive and I look forward to moving beyond this incident."