What They're Saying: Merritt Paulson

“I’ve always maintained that you can’t do a cookie-cutter approach with rules to clubs, because it’s so different. What we do in Portland is so different to what’s going on in a lot of different markets. We’ve never had any issues. We’ve never had issues with our fans throwing things onto the pitch. We don’t have issues with the p-word chant. We don’t have issues with ‘you suck a-hole.’ So if our supporters want to show a symbol that is an anti-Nazi symbol, how on earth can I or anybody else have any issue with that?”

-- Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson on the tension between his MLS club and league headquarters over the new MLS code of conduct, which explicitly banned any displays deemed political, including the Iron Front symbol. The Iron Front ban was later lifted for the rest of the 2019 season. (The Athletic)
2 comments about "What They're Saying: Merritt Paulson".
  1. Richard Rodriguez, December 12, 2019 at 2:49 p.m.

    It is a slippery slope. What if I show up with an anti-Communism flag? I find Communism just as evil as Nazism. I could see fights breaking out over this.

  2. R2 Dad, December 20, 2019 at 2:33 p.m.

    Remember it wasn't that long ago Garber was salivating about the Passion of fans. This is what PG has warned about off and on for years.  The league is smart to draw a line in the sand--that's what is needed when you have a big-tent approach to attracting and retaining interest in the league.

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