Quakes president 'appalled'

Quakes president 'appalled'
April 15, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon directed a gay slur towards Timbers midfielder Will Johnson on Sunday night. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

San Jose Earthquakes president Dave Kaval made the following statement Monday in regards to forward Alan Gordon’s use of inappropriate language during Sunday night’s game against the Portland Timbers:

"We are working hand in hand with the league right now on this very serious matter.  Alan's comments do not reflect the views or beliefs of our organization. We have always promoted an atmosphere of acceptance and equality in our stadium and amongst our diverse and passionate fans.

"I am appalled by the use of the hurtful language on the pitch last night. We will use the collective energy and resources of our club to foster an inclusive environment for all of our fans. I hope to use this deplorable incident as a tool to help eradicate offensive language of this kind.

"For our fans, I know the organization has let you down.  I will do my best to take the necessary actions to make sure we once again can be viewed as a beacon of diversity, community, and equality."

San Jose Earthquakes Media Services contributed to this report.

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