The real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen attacked his team on the local radio station KXRK for not opposing the LAFC on Wednesday in protest against racism and police brutality in the USA.
Hansen said he felt like he was impaled by a blade and was “trying to find a way to pull the knife out and move forward”. He threatened to cut his investment in the club and said he would “cut 40 to 50 jobs again”.
“The disrespect was profound for me personally,” said Hansen. “Obviously, the importance of bringing the community together was not respected during COVID.”
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In response to Hansen’s radio appearance, Real Salt Lake defender Nedum Onuoha said he wanted to leave the organization. Onuoha is Black and was one of the players who made the decision not to play against LAFC.
“We’re trying to have a bigger conversation, but many of those in power don’t empathize, don’t sympathize and do nothing,” Onuoha told the BBC. “You are more concerned about yourself.”
Five MLS games were postponed on Wednesday. The league sat down with teams in the NBA and MLB to get their message about racial justice clear.
Over the weekend, black American Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer. The incident has fueled nationwide outrage over the treatment of blacks by law enforcement, as well as increased racial inequalities in the country.