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American footballer apologises for gay slur

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  1. Not sure what other people think but this does sound like quite a sincere apology to me.

    Hopefully he’s learned his lesson and won’t use such foul language in future.

  2. I find it funny that they are always so repentent after the fact. That would have nothing to do with financial or career sanctions that may happen, would it. No, he’s apologising because he’s not homophobic….. sure sure sure.

    There is no sincerity in that apology. If there was any sincerity in his opinions or thoughts, we wouldn’t be having this discussion now.

    1. chris lowcase 25 Mar 2012, 12:37am

      i dont really care if its pressure from sponsors, a ****ed off gay friend or his own guilt. as long as he knows its wrong. our attention would be a better investment in the people who refuse to apologise.

  3. if the article is about an American soccer player, why is the photo of American football players?

    I’m a bit confused.

    1. I was thinking the same thing.

  4. It was an American SOCCER player who made the offensive comment. I understand that you call them “footballers” in the Motherland but it confuses people when you use a photo of an American football game when talking about an American soccer player.

    1. jamestoronto 25 Mar 2012, 3:49am

      And just to throw one or two other terms in there for good measure. North American football is often called rugby but this should not be confused with British rugby. And then there is also Australian rules football which not in the least bit related to English/European football (soccer); and then of course we have North American football played by American (NFL) rules or by Canadian (CFL) rules, the latter one does not hear a lot about except when the NFL is on strike and CFL football shows up on US television.

      1. I’ve never heard anyone refer to American football as “rugby”. They just call it football. Rugby is rugby. There’s enough of it on TSN and RDS. Every university has a rugby team. Why would anyone refer to football as “rugby”? I’m wondering if people in Toronto are just not sports-inclined?
        As for Ozzy rules football, that’s a LOT more like rubgy than anything else. just.. you know, with skimpier and tighter shorts.

        1. jamestoronto 25 Mar 2012, 8:15pm

          Not to belabour the point, but maybe it’s a generational thing or a regional oddity but I even pulled out my old high school yearbooks and sure enough the words rugby and football are used interchangeably. Real rugby (UK style) and soccer were unknown quantities in Canada (and the US) in the 50s and 60s and when the word rugby game was used it was understood to mean a football game. I recall my grandfather many time remarking that this was not really rugby. Look back into movies, newspapers, etc of the time and “rugby” pops up all the time. Real rugby came along later and is widely played as it should be. Toronto has a gay rugby league and the players are – I agree – clad tighter and skimpier and a lot hotter-looking than regular football players.

          PS Toronto may not be a sports-winning city of late but it is a very sports-minded city.

          1. It must be regional. I’ve never heard of rugby being called
            “football” either, not even by older people. In fact no one ever spoke much of rugby until relatively recently.

  5. If the apology was made without him having to be prompted by a backlash of hate to him then it is more sincere. If it is made purely because it had appeared on YouTube and he is now the object of backlash then the apology will hold no weight.

    I am glad he has apologised and I believe it it the former reason and he is genuinely sorry. I think that we have all used language in the heat of the moment that we later regret, I know I have and I have apologised.

    Time will tell and lets hope he does do some work with the gay rights group mentioned in the article.

  6. I think he should have apologized for being a homophobe rather than using “Foul language”

  7. Michael Pranikoff 25 Mar 2012, 9:59pm

    Statement from the IGLFA: The International Gay Lesbian Football Association does not condone the remarks made by Colin Clarke. We are sad that blatant homophobic language would be used by a professional athlete today. We appreciate the quick response by the Houston Dynamo’s organization and Major League Soccer (MLS) to issue statement and await further comment. We also accept the apology by Colin Clarke and hope that this immediate reaction will help to educate other players that language such as this will not be tolerated.

  8. Gene Touchet 26 Mar 2012, 3:02pm

    Um, why do you have a picture of an American football game instead of an American soccer game?
    :-)

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