Dell Loy Hansen is the owner of the MLS team, Real Salt Lake, the NWSL team, the Utah Royals FC and the USL team, Real Monarchs. The Real Salt Lake vs LAFC match on August 26th, was postponed as a result of the ongoing sports strike after the shooting of Jacob Blake in. Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Earlier today on Salt Lake City’s X96 radio station, a station that Hansen owns, Hansen went on and criticized his players saying, “It’s like somebody stabbed you and then you’re trying to figure out a way to pull the knife out and move forward…The disrespect was profound to me personally.” RSL’s Rio Tinto Stadium was one of the only stadiums in the MLS to allow fans back in, at a capacity of 5,000. As a result of the protests, Hansen said he would close the stadium back down, “We will not be inviting fans back to the stadium in the future, so tomorrow … I start cutting 40 to 50 jobs again.”
RSL defender Nedum Onuoha spoke to the BBC earlier today saying that he didn’t want to play for Real Salt Lake anymore, “I’m not here to play for someone who isn’t here to support us.”
The Athletic Soccer reporters, Christopher Kamrani, Sam Stejskal, Paul Tenorio and Meg Linehan wrote a story about Hansen that quoted a former head scout that was furloughed in April that detailed Hansen’s racist behavior in the past including remaking about when they could lynch Colorado Rapids midfielder Kellyn Acosta, who is African American, and reportedly used the N word twice in conversation with his training staff.
As a result, all of the leagues that he owns teams in, released statements condemning his actions. The MLSPA said, “The MLSPA immediately calls upon MLS to immediately suspend Dell Loy Hansen and conduct a thorough investigation. If the allegations are substantiated, he must be forced to sell the team.”
The NWSL released a statement through a spokesperson saying, “We will immediately begin an investigation, and if these reports are substantiated, take all appropriate actions.”
After all of the backlash, Hansen walked back his comments saying that he did not understand the message that his players were trying to fight for and only saw the loss of income.
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