It took a day or two, but cooler heads have prevailed in Houston after an unfortunate incident involving homophobic tweets posted on a Dynamo supporters group's Twitter account Sunday night.
On Monday Dynamo officials met with the leadership of the Brickwall Firm, the group at the center of the controversy, and determined that the tweets were the product of a single individual whose statements did not reflect the group's collective values. Brickwall has been tasked with identifying and ejecting -- from their ranks as well as from future Dynamo matches -- the person who wrote them.
“First of all, something totally unacceptable in society has occurred,” Dynamo president Chris Canetti told the Houston Chronicle. “We are condemning the comments. The leaders of the group are condemning the comments. They don’t share those values. It was an individual.
“It doesn’t paint a broad picture of members of Brickwall, our supporters groups, our fans or our community. We are going to work with the group to have the person identified and have the group take action against that individual.”
The Brickwall Firm's official account tweeted out an explicit slur towards LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan after Houston's 1-0 win over LA. A day later, Brickwall apologized for the incident in a series of tweets that underlined the isolated nature of the opinions which had been expressed.
The Brickwall Firm is strongly opposed to any and all biased or ignorant statements that recently appeared on our Twitter feed...— BrickwallFirm (@Brickwall_Firm) May 6, 2013
The posts in question were in no way any sort of official or condoned statement. We are actively rectifying the situation, and are dedicated— BrickwallFirm (@Brickwall_Firm) May 6, 2013
To more closely monitoring statements made by individuals purporting to speak for the group. Homophobia and racism are not a part of our...— BrickwallFirm (@Brickwall_Firm) May 6, 2013
Agenda, nor anything to do with the atmosphere, culture, and community that we support.— BrickwallFirm (@Brickwall_Firm) May 6, 2013