Reaction to MLS Disciplining of Clark Overwhelmingly Positive

Jeremiah Oshan, SB Nation: “Let it be said that Major League Soccer got it right when it suspended Colin Clark three games, fined him an undisclosed amount and ordered him to attend sensitivity training after he yelled a homophobic slur at a ball boy in the 8th minute of the Houston Dynamo’s game against the Seattle Sounders on Friday. Let it also be said that he reacted appropriately by accepting the punishment.”

Aaron McQuade, GLAAD: “This action by MLS, and the corresponding statements from the Dynamo and Clark add up to one of the strongest statements against the use of anti-LGBT slurs we’ve seen in the sports world. Clark is believed to be the first major American pro athlete to be suspended for anti-gay actions since John Rocker more than a decade ago.”

Steve Davis, NBC Sports’ ProSoccerTalk: “MLS commissioner Don Garber needed to send a crystal-clear message and he certainly did: Be publicly reckless and unenlightened and your own risk.”

Jim Buzinski, OutSports: “The punishment is an appropriate response and shows MLS means business when it comes to diversity.”

Barry Petchesky, Deadspin: “Three games is a serious penalty in a 34-match season, but MLS, probably North America’s most progressive sports league, wanted to set an example. Now we have one, and hopefully it deters future instances. Verdict: MLS cares if you call someone a ‘f***ing f****t.'”

Eric Cameron, Human Rights Campaign: “HRC applauds Garber and Major League Soccer for sending a firm message that anti-LGBT language has no place in the public arena.”

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