I’ll be brief with this because I think MLS got it right.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has suspended Clark for three games and fined him an undisclosed amount for using unacceptable and offensive language towards a ball boy in the seventh minute of the game in Seattle on Friday, March 24. Commissioner Garber also mandated that Clark attend diversity and sensitivity training.
“I am sorry about what happened during the Seattle match,” Clark said. “I have personally apologized to the ball boy, and I want to take this chance to say I’m sorry to everyone that I’ve offended. I intend to never use those words again in any context. There is no excuse for them. What I said does not properly represent who I am or what I believe. I made a mistake that I truly regret. I accept the punishment that has been handed down by MLS, and I want to learn from this incident and move forward.”
You have to credit both the league and Clark for the way this was handled. Clark was wise to issue a quick apology after the game last weekend and was quick to accept this punishment that fits the crime. I’m also happy to see the league mandate that Clark attend diversity and sensitivity training, that was a good move on their part.