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Gordon handed three-game suspension for gay slur
April 17th, 2013 12:01AM

TAGS:  mls, san jose earthquakes


[MLS DISCIPLINE] MLS Commissioner Don Garber has suspended San Jose Earthquakes star Alan Gordon for three games and fined him an undisclosed amount for the gay slur he made toward Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson in the 60th minute of Sunday's match in Portland.

Garber also mandated that Gordon attend diversity and sensitivity training.

Gordon separately received a red card for his second caution for during the game and that ejection carries an automatic one-game suspension and fine.

The U.S. international will miss four games:

April 21 vs. Portland
April 27 at Chivas USA
May 4 vs. Montreal Impact
May 8 vs. Toronto FC.

“Major League Soccer stands against discrimination and prejudice of any kind and will not tolerate this type of behavior,” Garber said in a statement. “All of our players, staff and fans must remain committed to respect and dignity at all times.”

  1. tom brown
    commented on: April 17, 2013 at 2:32 a.m.
    Don Garber has got to go. Its not a lifetime dictatorship. MLS is as crooked as hell.
  1. William Jahn
    commented on: April 17, 2013 at 7:55 a.m.
    Fine him for the PR gaffe, but no suspension.
  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: April 17, 2013 at 8:12 a.m.
    If he used a gay slur "ABSOLUTELY!!! "SUSPEND AND FINE HIM!" Only if he said it!!!!!!!!!!!!! For the comment of "Crooked as Hell" you must not believe or reports state that he didn't say a thing!
  1. Paul Stierle
    commented on: April 17, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.
    Growing up in Torrance Calif in the 60's playing soccer I was called a Nazi, a communist and a Fag. Just because I played soccer. Also if in PE they would try to injure you if you played the sport. Words hurt and inspire other people and children to bully. Lets enjoy the worlds greatest sport.
  1. John Soares
    commented on: April 17, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.
    Peter, Gordon has admitted saying it. MLS got it right!
  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: April 17, 2013 at 4:27 p.m.
    I don't know what is more amusing here....that we accept that part of the "punishment" is their authority to send someone to "diversity and sensitivity" training for something like this, or that people pretend to get so offended by these comments. Total PR move by the league, (if that is who made this public..?) when it should be handled internally, and only if they are bound in their contracts against this type of behavior. I'm not saying it is right to go around saying these things, but please tell me the rest of you are as tired as I am of all the victimhood training going on around us daily!
  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: April 17, 2013 at 7:41 p.m.
    Gordon...let's put this to bed! Right?

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