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No surprises here: Alan Gordon suspended three games

Apr 16, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

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No one paying attention will be surprised by the three-game ban handed out by Major League Soccer’s Commissioner Don Garber today to San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon.

Garber will also require Gordon to attend diversity and sensitivity training on top of the training all MLS clubs regularly receive at the beginning of each season.

During a heated exchange Sunday, Gordon directed a homophobic slur toward Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson.

(MORE: Alan Gordon’s apologizes for latest MLS run-in with homophobic slurs)

Colin Clark, playing then for the Houston Dynamo, received the same three-game ban for a homophobic slur directed toward a ball boy. Later in 2012 the Seattle Sounders Marc Burch was handed the very same length suspension for his gay slur during a match. In Burch’s case, that cost him playoff matches.

If you watch the incident from Sunday closely, you can see Gordon wince immediately after unleashing his unkind and unwise words for Johnson – as if he already understands that a suspension is coming, even just seconds later. He knows he has messed up.

And in fact, it appears that Johnson holds up three fingers and says “three games.”

The players all know what’s at stake on this stuff – which is why containing the rush of blood to the head remains a central, necessary element in every player’s tool chest.

  1. barrenreich2013 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    All this attention to the gay cause is making US soccer an even bigger joke than it already is.

    [edited for taste]

    • packinblackandred - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      The only jokes are the content of this entire comment section, and your supposition of molestation. Thinking that’s the principle cause of homosexuality may have worked in the 70’s.

    • Steve Davis - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Apologies. We weren’t paying close enough attention to comments. This person’s IP address has been banned, based on this and other awful comments.

  2. badintent - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    one game is fine. He didn’t pull a DUI or do a neck slash gesture. 3 games is overreaction. Way to much PC BS

  3. bigdinla - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Pretty lame! Guys insult each other all the time. People need to toughen up. This softness is why the world feels free to attack America.

  4. seanmorr - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    wow, worst comments ever. The first comment is offensive and ignorant on so many levels I don’t even know where to start.

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