Phoenix Rising Involved In Anti-Gay Slur Controversy
Arizona’s top professional soccer club has found itself in the middle of a controversy over the use of an anti-gay slur.
The incident took place during Wednesday night’s match in San Diego.
The Phoenix Rising won in a forfeit after the San Diego Loyal walked off the field at the start of the second half in protest against an anti-gay slur that was apparently aimed at one of its players.
San Diego was leading 3-1 at the time, when the comment was made by the Rising’s Junior Flemmings to an openly gyy player named Collin Martin.
American soccer great Landon Donovan is the Loyal’s head coach. He can be heard telling Rising head coach Rick Schantz and the referees that the Jamaican expression, known as demeaning to gays, had no place in the sport.
The San Diego Loyal walked off the field in protest Wednesday night, saying a Phoenix Rising player used an anti-gay slur directed at openly-gay midfielder Collin Martin.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 1, 2020
Manager Landon Donovan discussed the incident with the referee and Phoenix head coach Rick Schantz. pic.twitter.com/WlOYauQhgV
Donovan explained afterwards why his team walked off.
“We made a vow to ourselves, to our community, to our players, to the club, to USL that we would not stand for bigotry, homophobic slurs, things that don’t belong in our game,” Donovan said.
Rising officials say they are investigating the incident.