Robbie Rogers: USL opponent used anti-gay slurs

In a Facebook post, LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay MLS player, said an Orange County Blues player repeatedly called him "queer" during the USL game he played with LA Galaxy II on Saturday. Rogers said it was the first gay slur he's heard since he returned to MLS in 2013 and announced he was gay.

"I'm happy that I practiced restraint worthy of my sport," he said in his post. "I'm thankful for the many players on my team and even the opposing one who apologized to me for one man's actions. Today, I woke up grateful to work in organization filled with so many players and coaches who have worked hard to practice tolerance of everyone and to help change a culture. But mostly I'm proud of myself. I am proud more than ever that I had the courage to come out as a queer man."

Rogers underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery in June and has been playing with Los Dos while rehabbing.

The USL issued a statement that it will investigate the incident and “has zero tolerance for any discriminatory behavior.”
25 comments about "Robbie Rogers: USL opponent used anti-gay slurs".
  1. Richard Brown, August 22, 2016 at 7:41 a.m.

    Wow if he played in Europe it would be a lot worse. The guy who told him that had to be a kid. If not he had the brain of a kid.

    As coaches we only care about one thing can he play. I think if the other guy was a player of mine I would take him out of the game and explain that we are their to win and that's it.

  2. Richard Brown, August 22, 2016 at 11:41 a.m.

    What I can not understand is why he feels everyone should know his personal business.

    There was a whole team in the second division that was an all gay team. They made it a point to mention that.

    Why, what they only want gay players on the team. I got news for them. You have an only black, an only gay, an only Irish, only Italian team. Your not going to win championships.

    What you want is a team where every player can play so who cares about what they are as long as they can play.

  3. Bob Ashpole, August 22, 2016 at 11:56 a.m.

    Equal treatment is when a professional athlete being queer or gay is not newsworthy. 60 years ago people were still people, but the press left the private lives of celebrities private and actually reported news. Now the mainstream press is more about gossip and less about news. Even during a presidential election year.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, August 22, 2016 at 11:59 a.m.

    To clarify this article is about a despicable lack of sportsmanship during a USL match. I hope the offending player is disciplined.

  5. Richard Brown, August 22, 2016 at 12:14 p.m.

    The offending player is a knucklehead. I am sure people will be threatening his life if when they find out his name. Hopefully Robbie Rogers will have enough guts not to tell the press his name.

  6. Glenn Maddock, August 22, 2016 at 2:57 p.m.

    Sounds like there are some ignorant knuckleheads reading SA too! Calling someone a name in sports is common place, but to equate that with a racial slur or gay slur, which is way over the line, is absurd. Every player knows that is completely unacceptable and should get you red-carded. This is taught by the Coaches, so players know what'll get them kicked out. So to go ahead and do that in the heat of battle shows you have no self control. To have some perspective, minority players in other leagues, overseas, face much more common slurs and abuse. MLS is a protective bubble of good sportsmanship you would not find in Mexico, South America, Asia or Europe.

  7. schultz rockne, August 22, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

    Oh, this is the United States--the ignorance runs heavy and wide! And I'm glad someone mentioned the 'election year.'
    What better mainstream indication of our ignorance! People who have not experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or the colour of their skin, as examples, will often find it difficult if not impossible, to reconcile a rather benign example of poor sportsmanship with the underlying ugliness of certain slurs.

  8. Richard Brown, August 22, 2016 at 9:29 p.m.

    If you lived long enough you might realize that everyone has faced discrimination at one time or another not just blacks and Hispanics, Jews Arabs even Irish, Italians . Everyone everyone of every nationality had to deal with it.

    Even with cops stop and frisk is not unique to blacks or Hispanics. I must have had it happen to me 500 times where I lived. You could say cops are not my favorite people. I would never help a cop if he was in trouble because of it.

  9. R2 Dad, August 22, 2016 at 11:54 p.m.

    So, if the referee heard that slur, is that a cardable offense?

  10. Fire Paul Gardner Now, August 23, 2016 at 10:17 a.m.

    I knew there would be a few knuckledraggers on here defending this guy or saying it isn't a big deal.

    Luis Suarez received an eight game suspension and a 40000 GBP fine for making a racially abusive comment a few years back and this is no different. The offending player should receive a fine and suspension.

  11. Richard Brown, August 23, 2016 at 10:58 a.m.

    I think the offending player in the US would get plenty of death threats and his family would be harassed as well. So is that justice for words said?

  12. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, August 23, 2016 at 11:36 a.m.

    What makes you say that? I doubt he'd get death threats or have his family harassed and obviously that would not be justified. What is also unjustified is your continued defense of him. What would be justified is a fine and suspension.

  13. Ginger Peeler, August 23, 2016 at 2:09 p.m.

    I certainly hope it's sarcasm!

  14. Richard Brown, August 23, 2016 at 2:36 p.m.

    FirePaul I think that because you ever seen the radicals that lead that movement.

    Ever been to an occupy Wall Street movement. I have I saw some 60 year old guys telling stupid college rich kids what to say like they were machines. So I tell these kids those guys don't care about you they want to see you arrested and told them to go home. Two of those old bozos think they can gorilla me because I am older then they are. They found out they could not. I just stuck my fingers in their eyes I dropped them both. They those so called tough guys started to call for the police to arrest a me a nice 75 yr old man. Cops there never around when you really need them. I told those kids again to go home.

  15. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, August 23, 2016 at 5:18 p.m.

    Yes thanks for that rant - however what does that have to do with treating gay people with the same sort of dignity that everyone else deserves? You can't make racial comments to another player and you shouldn't be able to make homophobic comments either. What does the occupy movement (does that even exist any more?) have to do with that? There's no basis to think some USL player no one has ever heard of is going to get death threats or that his family will be in danger.

  16. Bob Ashpole replied, August 23, 2016 at 10:48 p.m.

    It has to do with the concept of "fighting words." Provocation that is beyond what a normal person would endure is treated differently than lesser provocation which normal persons are expected to ignore without retaliation. It is an admittedly fuzzy distinction, but that is the distinction rule makers use.

  17. Richard Brown, August 23, 2016 at 7:03 p.m.

    I think the suicide rate for gays was pretty high years ago. That has changed now that is a good thing?

    But the same radicals are leading black lives matter, occupy Wall Street, gay movement transgender with money.

  18. Richard Brown, August 24, 2016 at 2:02 p.m.

    do you think George Soro's is not a radical?

  19. Fire Paul Gardner Now, August 24, 2016 at 4:32 p.m.

    Looks like the "poorly educated" are well-represented on this site. Sad, but not surprising.

  20. Fire Paul Gardner Now, August 24, 2016 at 5:45 p.m.

    By the way, this homophobe has been suspended and fined just like I suggested:

    His name is Richard Chaplow by the way.

  21. Richard Brown, August 24, 2016 at 6:43 p.m.

    Who cares what his name is if I was Robbie I would have busted up his face. To bad he did not have the guts to do it himself.

  22. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, August 24, 2016 at 6:52 p.m.

    So punching people should be the way you react to anything you don't like? Thank you for confirming that you are among the "poorly educated."

  23. Richard Brown, August 24, 2016 at 7:47 p.m.

    yes it's fun to hurt someone who deserve it. Yes got expelled from HS In my senior year for hurting a student who stole a text book from me.

    I would imagine your highly educated I guess your worth about 13 million dollars and own a home valued 4 million dollars. I also bet you own 14 small businesses. I wish I could be you. You have it all and yet you post here. I just realized I am you and this is my last post here.

  24. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, August 25, 2016 at 10:10 a.m.

    Well if that is his last post he went out posting the same grammatically incorrect drivel he always did. He won't be missed.

  25. Bob Ashpole replied, August 26, 2016 at 3:52 a.m.

    Drivel, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. I will miss Mr. Brown's well-informed comments about the game.

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