Soccer Toughens Up Over Homophobia
Gay slurs may be going the way of the Dodo in the soccer world. After a Seattle player was fined for dropping the “f” bomb about a player on the opposing team, the talk has switched to how much is too much homophobia in the professional sports world?
Major League Soccer has not only been proactive in fining and suspending players for using anti-gay language on the field, but players could face even more serious suspensions if the behavior continues. It’s a far cry from the lightweight reactions in the NFL, NHL and NBA, where a half-dozen players have been caught using anti-gay slurs during games and at press events.
Case in point: When Philadelphia Eagle DeSean Jackson referred to a radio caller as a “gay-ass-faggot,” he faced no penalty from the commission. None.