USL Championship suspends Phoenix Rising star Junior Flemmings for six games

The USL Championship issued a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine to Phoenix Rising star Junior Flemmings, the league's 2020 scoring champion, for a homophobic slur directed at the San Diego Loyal's Collin Martin, who is gay.

Following the incident late in the first half of last week's San Diego-Phoenix match, the Loyal, which was leading, 3-1, walked off the field and forfeited the game. Flemmings denied he made the slur in a statement he issued after the game but was placed on administrative leave by the Rising.

The USL Championship's actions follow an investigation that included interviews with 11 individuals, including players, coaches and match officials. Flemmings could also face additional discipline from Phoenix and remains on administrative leave.

Flemmings, who led the USL Championship with 14 goals in 14 games, will miss the 2020 USL Championship playoffs, which begin on Saturday. The 24-year-old Jamaican has scored 30 goals in two seasons with Phoenix and 53 in five USL Championship seasons.

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