Dynamo's Clark could face discipline for ball boy slur
NEW YORK — Houston Dynamo winger Colin Clark could face potential disciplinary action from Major League Soccer for an incident with a ball boy during the team's game in Seattle on Friday night.
In the seventh minute of the Dynamo's 2-0 loss to the Sounders, field-side broadcast microphones picked up Clark using a homophobic slur toward a ball boy after he wasn't issued a new ball as quickly as he wanted on a throw-in situation. Clark is seen and heard on video picking up the ball, directing his comments toward the ball boy, and then throwing the ball back into play.
Clark later apologized via his Twitter feed for the incident, but the league will look into the matter and decide if he'll face any discipline for the incident.
"We are aware of the incident involving Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark during the game in Seattle Friday night, and his public apology for it," the league said in a statement. "MLS is conducting a thorough review of the facts and examining possible disciplinary action."
Clark is in his third season with the Dynamo, and eighth in the league overall. He's started all three games for the club this season.
"I'd like to offer a sincere apology to everyone who watched the game, especially the ball boy for whom I used awful language towards," Clark posted on his Twitter account at 3 am ET on Saturday morning.
"I didn't mean to disrespect anyone and am sorry for letting my emotions get the best of me," Clark wrote in his next post. "It's not who I am and it won't happen again."