TORONTO, Canada—As our friends at RSL Soapbox pointed out, if you thought today was going to be normal, it’s been anything but.
Dell Loy Hansen, the owner of MLS club Real Salt Lake, joined a local radio station (that he owns) and proceeded to make a flurry of egregious remarks this morning following yesterday’s protests from MLS players over racial injustice and shooting of Jacob Blake.
From stating that his players abandoned the club and suggesting he’ll invest less as a result to comparing the players striking to being stabbed, the RSL owner’s comments were ignorant and anything but progressive. You can find the full transcript here.
As expected, the remarks sparked an outcry from those around the league, including Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore, who tweeted that Hansen “needs to sell the team” and that he’s “involved in a group that’s ready to purchase it.”
He needs to sell the team then. I’m involved in a group that’s ready to purchase it. Time for change. https://t.co/ETiM3YUyxr— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) August 27, 2020
Unfortunately, I’m not sure that we’ll get to see that player-owner combo come to fruition.
Rumors have already started surfacing that the MLS is in discussion to take over Real Salt Lake from Dell Loy Hansen.
You can read more about and follow that story here.