Quakes' Alan Gordon apologizes for gay slur

Quakes' Alan Gordon apologizes for gay slur
April 15, 2013, 7:45 am
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Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon (24) argues with Timbers midfielder Will Johnson (4) during the game on Sunday night. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- After Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon directed a slur at Will Johnson, the Timbers midfielder responded with the game-winning goal.

Johnson's goal on a free kick in the 78th minute gave Portland a 1-0 win on Sunday night. It was the Timbers' second straight victory, moving the team to 2-1-3 under new coach Caleb Porter.

Gordon was ejected in the second half after receiving a pair of yellow cards involving fouls on other players. But minutes earlier, he was seen on the television broadcast using a slur toward Johnson.

After the match, Gordon released a statement through the team.

''I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone who watched tonight's match on NBC Sports Network. The language I used came during a heated moment and does not reflect my feelings toward the gay and lesbian community. I made a mistake and I accept full responsibility for my actions,'' the statement read.

Johnson was diplomatic.

''I think it's probably better that I don't comment on that,'' he said. ''It's a very sensitive matter. I'd prefer the league go through with their protocol.''

It's standard procedure for Major League Soccer to review the video of matches that involve a red card.

Gordon was escorted from the locker room after the game by team personnel and did not speak with reporters after match.

The loss dropped the Earthquakes to 2-3-2.

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