MLS introduced on Thursday that it’s investigating claims that Actual Salt Lake proprietor Dell Loy Hansen repeatedly makes use of racist language within the presence of gamers and crew employees.
The investigative report from the Athletic particulars separate events through which witnesses accuse Hansen of utilizing the N-word, making a reference to lynching and mistaking a participant for “a thug.”
MLS: ‘We’re deeply involved’
Shortly after the report, MLS launched a press release condemning the alleged language and saying an investigation.
‘Donald Sterling half 2’
The report particulars a number of events citing a number of witnesses accusing Hansen of utilizing racist language. Former RSL participant turned crew scout Andy Williams — a Black man — spoke bluntly on the document with The Athletic about Hansen whereas evaluating him to disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers proprietor Donald Sterling, who was blackballed from the NBA after a historical past of racist conduct.
“He’s a f—-ing racist, to be sincere,” Williams advised the Athletic. “I’ve been in conditions the place it’s like Donald Sterling. He says one thing, and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, what did he simply say?’ It’s Donald Sterling half two. It’s simply unbelievable. It’s loopy how he doesn’t see that the stuff that he says impacts folks.”
Historical past of alleged racist incidents
Williams recounted an alleged 2016 incident through which Hansen requested “when are we gonna lynch this man?” about an opposing Black participant who scored a purpose. One other witness backed up Williams’ declare.
Williams recounted a separate incident through which he stated Hansen casually used the N-word in a dispute with a crew worker.
Williams and an nameless supply accused Hansen of asking RSL midfielder Albert Rusnak and his Black agent Aidy Ward “Is that how you converse African?” throughout a contract negotiation.
Former RSL defender Aaron Maund accused Hansen of telling him “‘Oh my God, I believed you have been a thug” after he acknowledged him whereas he was sporting a hoodie on an elevator.
He advised The Athletic he didn’t trouble to confront Hansen, whom he stated made the remark whereas Maund’s household was with him within the elevator.
“It’s not even price having that type of dialog as a result of these sorts of issues I had seen, these sorts of microaggressions, I had seen 1,000 occasions from him,” Maund advised The Athletic.
MLSPA: Pressure Hansen to promote if true
Williams known as for Hansen’s removing from MLS. The MLS gamers affiliation known as the report “sickening” in a press release launched Thursday night, backing Williams’ name to drive Hansen to promote the crew if the report is correct.
Hansen’s earlier controversy
The report is unbiased of the controversy that surrounded Hansen earlier Thursday. Hansen drew condemnation from throughout MLS after criticizing the cancelation of Wednesday’s RSL recreation as gamers protested police brutality towards Black folks.
He known as the participant walkout disrespectful.
“We’re all sitting right here as a corporation making an attempt to construct help and love round a crew that helps the town,” Hansen advised Salt Lake Metropolis radio station X96 — a station that he owns. “All I can say is that they supported different points nationally. They clearly didn’t help our metropolis or group. That’s pretty clear.
“It’s a second of unhappiness. It’s like any individual stabbed you and also you’re making an attempt to determine a option to pull the knife out and transfer ahead. That’s what it looks like. The disrespect is profound to me personally.”
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