I’m sure there’s some fatigue growing around the subject, but I think it’s important to try to present all sides to this important issue. Earlier today Colorado Rapids managing director Jeff Plush issued a statement in response to the punishment handed down to Brian Mullan. Here’s a portion of what he had to say:
With respect to the decision by the Committee, we understand and accept their ruling that Brian’s tackle was ‘reckless’ and agree that further discipline was warranted above the automatic one match suspension that accompanies a red card.
However we strongly disagree that Brian’s tackle, although admittedly harsh by any account, should be punished more severely than premeditated acts in our League’s history.
Plush first expressed support to Zakuani in his recovery and reiterated that Mullan is “distraught” in the aftermath of the tackle. He later described the tackle as “ill-timed” and the injury “unfortunate” but doesn’t define Mullan as a player.
There’s plenty more to the story if you’re interested. Though I was confused when he said the organization has chosen a “path of silence” amid a statement with some very pointed opinions.
Anyways, here are some other links to wrap it up:
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— One link that might’ve got lost in the mix was this Goal.com report from last Friday, where a lot of Rapids players expressed their thoughts for Zakuani.
— FOX Soccer analyst Kyle Martino had an interesting story earlier this week on trying to keep focused on the job while witnessing a serious injury. He’s admits he didn’t handle it well and I can relate to that. It took me a while to get back into a working state-of-mind. Fortunately for me, I wasn’t live and on the air.
— There were some Colorado-centric reports on the incident earlier this week. Here’s a story on the league website with mention of Mullan seeking counseling and this Denver Post story had more from coach Gary Smith.