FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans 'stepping away' during investigation into alleged racist remark

FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans has left the team while an investigation into remarks he made in front of players in the locker room during preseason training is completed.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the MLSPA filed a complaint with MLS on Thursday in which the 61-year-old Dutchman is accused of using the N-word in the locker room. He told FC Cincinnati president Jeff Berding he said the word when singing along with music played in the locker room though a player told him his use of language was inappropriate in the United States.

Jans was hired last summer and is starting his first full season as the FCC head coach. In a statement, FC Cincinnati said it was "very surprised" by the allegation as "building a caring and committed culture has been a focus of Ron’s leadership," but his stepping aside was important to ensure that players could "speak freely to locker room issues that have arisen."

FC Cincinnati also said it would institute "training" for every member of the club to ensure everyone "has a deeper appreciation and awareness for differences in cultures and backgrounds."

"The Players Association was very recently made aware of extremely inappropriate comments made by FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans," MLSPA said in a statement. "We have made a report to the appropriate league officials and expect an immediate and thorough league investigation to be conducted."

Incidents of racist remarks or other language have been rare in MLS history.

In 1998, then-commissioner Doug Logan hit Edwin Gorter with a four-game suspension and $20,000 fine for a racist remark directed at teammate David Nakhid during an intrasquad scrimmage.

In 2018, Philadelphia's Fafa Picault and Orlando City's Pierre da Silva were both handed three-game bans for “offensive language” during a closed-door scrimmage.

In 2012, Colin Clark and Marc Burch were each handed three-game suspensions after they were caught using homophobic language.

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13 comments about "FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans 'stepping away' during investigation into alleged racist remark".
  1. Arnold Ramirez, February 15, 2020 at 7:07 a.m.

    Get rid of this coach. Enough is enough. All the talk about getting rid of racism in the soccer world and nothing is being done about it. 

  2. Sharon Anderon, February 15, 2020 at 8:44 a.m.

    I have worked for pro teams and have heard the music that players amp up in their locker room at training grounds and stadium. The music is laced with inappropriate language full on, but nobody outlaws the players' choice of music. 

    it goes both ways. No action was taken to correct the players' locker room music and speech even though I was offended at the time with the music played as it denigrated women, used profanity, and offensive references to fellow humans. And those same names were used amongst players with no adverse action. 

    so if someone else besides a player sings along with music that the players choose for their locker room amp time, it's wrong? 

    lets see how this unfolds.  

    PS the dutch culture seems extremely diverse and very culturally inclusive - especially in sports. 

  3. frank schoon replied, February 15, 2020 at 10:58 a.m.

    Sharon , you're right the Dutch culture is extremely inclusive and Ron Jans is part of this culture. Too bad we have people who jump right away to the conclusion and not understand this...

  4. Wooden Ships replied, February 15, 2020 at 1:20 p.m.

    Don't know the details but on the surface, it appears as if some want him gone. We've become uber sensitive and hypocritical. Maybe we should dispatch Rapino to remedy this crisis. 

  5. Arnold Ramirez replied, February 15, 2020 at 7:01 p.m.

    The US culture is also very inclusive. What does that mean?

  6. Wallace Wade, February 15, 2020 at 9:47 a.m.

    Clearly a group of players want him out. What goes on in the locker, stays in the locker room. This was seen as an opportunity to oust him by said group 

  7. Arnold Ramirez replied, February 15, 2020 at 10:23 a.m.

    Wallace is correct. Obviously there is no chemistry between coach and players. I would love to see Paulo Wanchope coaching that team.

  8. frank schoon, February 15, 2020 at 10:50 a.m.

    So let me get this straight the way to fight 'Racism' in soccer, as Arnold Ramirez puts it, is to call Ron Jans on the mat for singing along with the players who bring this music with disgusting lyrics to the locker room.
    If there were any complaints going to the front office and punishment meeted out it should be the players who play this music in the locker room

    Knowing Ron Jans for the past 30 years as a player and coach in Holland, there has never been a tinge of racism associated with him. Coming from a totally different culture, Ron Jans doesn't understand the dichotomies, the cultural inequalities associated with the usage of the 'N' word.
    In other words, he doesn't know that the "N" word associated with this particular community, is hypercritically employed by this same community, as everyday usage, jokingly ,making lots of money in their music lyrics. But if someone else outside this community employs the 'N' word the wrath will be placed upon you for one should never for it is a terrible word...hmmmm, I get it.....

    If you want to fight 'Racism' as a first step mister Ramirez maybe you should propose to the league that all music in the locker room that employs the 'N" word should be banned. And by the way, you should also suggest that music that expresses lyrics with derogatory terms for women should likewise be banned so that in this manner we can fight Misogyny as well...

  9. Arnold Ramirez replied, February 18, 2020 at 1:52 p.m.

    Just read that he stepped down.

  10. frank schoon replied, February 18, 2020 at 3:35 p.m.

    Yes, Arnold isn't that great. We found ourselves a real racist...You should be happy....

    Now I hope, the league will punish any players who play music in the locker room where lyrics with "N" word is used and I hope words used to denigrate women.. I know this will your day.....

  11. mark courtney, February 15, 2020 at 11:21 a.m.

    How unfortunate and unfair. My kids were exposed to the N word because of current music culture ... so who's complaining about this reality? If he was just singing along than this is pathetic. 

  12. Bob Ashpole replied, February 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

    In the US what is socially acceptable regarding the N word depends on the color of the speaker's skin, which itself is (likely) an unthinking racist concept, which happens sometimes with language.

  13. frank schoon, February 18, 2020 at 4:04 p.m.

    Having read, the dutch sport website earlier today, it stated that Ron Jans resigned. The reason was that he didn't want to be  a cause whereby the team was divided into two camps. The dutch press and fans don't understand the gravity of the situation for they're not familiar with the American culture who deems the 'N' as bad and rightly so but fail to understand that those who are it suppose to be shielded from it actually employ it in everyday speech, jokingly, and making money using in their music. Ironically, this same community uses speech to denigrate women in their music and nothing is thought of it, go figure. 

    Ron Jans, just happen to walk into the locker room and heard the players sing a rap song. He loves the music and wanted to join in and sang along a bit and be with the guys, part of  team building.
    He was told by one of the players about the situation, which he didn't know,  he immediately apologized. He feels very bad what has happened.

     I find it sad for US soccer and for Ron Jans an excellent dutch coach who could have given our players  more dutch soccer insights in how to play this game.  He was a former winger when he played and he has the ability and expertise in  how to play wing for that is one position and expertise we are so lacking in. 

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