Sounders FC defender Marc Burch was caught using a gay slur in the broadcast of Thursday’s playoff game at Real Salt Lake. He issued a statement of apology Friday through the team:
“I apologize for my horrific choice of words last night during our match. This is something that is inconsistent with my family values and because of that I am both disappointed and embarrassed by my level of poor judgment. I take seriously my role as a leader in the community and this is completely regrettable and unacceptable. Character matters and I hope through hard work on and off the field to begin earning your respect and trust again.”
Any discipline announcement will come from the league, and you can expect there will be some.
You might remember Houston’s Colin Clark was suspended for three games for a similar use of a gay slur directed at a ball boy in a March game against the Sounders at CenturyLink Field. Clark was also fined and assigned sensitivity training.