In professional sports player being a douchebag news, Major League Soccer’s Marc Burch of the Seattle Sounders was suspended after he was heard using homophobic slurs at a game.
Burch will not only have to sit out three games, but also he is mandated to pay an unspecified amount in damages as well as attend mandatory sensitivity training.
Before the penalty for his anti-rant on the field, Burch issued a formal apology for his lack of judgment:
“I apologize for my horrific choice of words last night during our match. This is something that is inconsistent with my family values and because of that I am both disappointed and embarrassed by my level of poor judgment. I take seriously my role as a leader in the community and this is completely regrettable and unacceptable. Character matters and I hope through hard work on and off the field to begin earning your respect and trust again.”
Commissioner of Major League Soccer, Don Garber had this to say:
“Major League Soccer has a zero tolerance policy in response to this type of behavior from its players or staff. While I understand and believe that Mr. Burch is remorseful, Major League Soccer is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.”
This will hurt the team as Burch is one of their best players but it would’ve hurt their reputation more had this disciplinary action hadn’t taken place. People need to be held accountable for what they say.
No word yet from Burch on whether he feels his punishment was fitting.