The Seattle Sounders have parted ways with club ambassador and former coach Alan Hinton for a post on social media that "failed to meet the standard of contact for the organization," the club announced on Tuesday.
The tweet from Hinton, which was posted on June 1, can be seen below.
The @SoundersFC have ended their relationship with Alan Hinton, effective this afternoon. They informed him his comments (below) failed to meet the standard of conduct for the organization. Hinton wasn't an employee, but was associated with the team as a "Brand Ambassador." https://t.co/0i1fyJ0KhD— Miki Turner (@turneresq) June 2, 2020
"Sounders FC has ended its independent contractor relationship with Alan Hinton," the Sounders said in a club statement. "Hinton's tweets on June 1 are not congruous with our club values, and as such, he will no longer be representing the organization in an ambassadorial capacity."
Hinton, 77, coached the NASL Sounders from 1980-1982 and also served as coach and general manager for the club when they returned as an A-League side in 1994. He was a broadcaster for the club before he was taken off those duties in 2012, after which he had remained affiliated as a club ambassador.
In his playing days, Hinton was best known for his 253-match stint with Derby County from 1967-1975.