Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget apologizes for using anti-gay slur

The Galaxy's Sebastian Lletget follows through on a kick against the Portland Timbers on July 13, 2020, in Florida.

The Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget excused utilizing a homophobic slur in a video he published on Instagram. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press)

Big League Soccer has actually released an examination into an anti-gay insult utilized by Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget in a video the gamer published on Instagram.

“We have no tolerance for discrimination and prejudice of any kind,” the league stated in a declaration published on Twitter. “We are aware of the use of a homophobic slur by an LA Galaxy player. MLS has begun a formal investigation regarding the language used by the player and more information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.”

In the video, published early Friday, Lletget approached colleague Julian Araujo from behind, slaps him on the neck and can be heard stating the slur in Spanish. Regardless of extensive displeasure, the slur is frequently heard at Mexican nationwide group video games, most just recently in an Olympic certifying competition Araujo played in last month. FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, has actually consistently approved the Mexican soccer federation over its fans’ usage of the insult.

Araujo likewise published the video on his Instagram account. It has actually considering that been gotten rid of by both gamers.

Minutes after the videos were published, Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports, a site concentrating on LGBTQ concerns and characters in amateur and expert sports, got in touch with the Galaxy, and both the club and Lletget released declarations of apology and restated their opposition to “homophobic or derogatory language of any kind.”

In his declaration to Outsports, Lletget stated he wished to “address [the] impact” of the video, “not hide from this,” and thanked for the site for holding him responsible.

“I take full responsibility and ownership of what was an extremely poor and ill-thought phrase and have no excuse for my actions,” he composed.

“I want to be part of the solution — not part of the problem — and continue to be an advocate and an ally for the LGBTQ+ community. Those who know me know my character and heart. I will remain outspoken in my support and advocacy. My error doesn’t change that.

“Thanks for your accountability. I need to do and be better.”

Lletget then followed with a 10-minute telephone call with Zeigler.

“He expressed — and I believe he has — incredible remorse,” Zeigler stated. “He talked to me about how he’s actually a supporter of the community and was really ashamed of what he did and he wants to be part of the solution.”

Singer/actress Becky G, Lletget’s long time partner, represented the very first LGBTQ lead character in a big-budget superhero motion picture in 2017’s “Power Rangers,” a function she has actually stated she was happy to play.

“As I told him, these types of things don’t offend me,” Zeigler stated of the slur in the video. “The reason we do this is because when kids hear this language from their teammates, it scares them. So he didn’t need to apologize to me. All I want is to get people to be part of the solution and not the problem, because this kind of language really hurts kids.”

The Galaxy were early fans of the LGBTQ neighborhood. In 2013 the group signed Robbie Rogers, the very first

expert gamer in U.S. soccer history to come out as gay, and the group has actually every year hosted Gay Pride nights at Self-respect Health Sports Park.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.