Inter Miami wins, says D.C. United player used racial slur at club
Rudy Guevara (L) applauds during the 2018 MLS Cup Championship Game between D.C. United and Real Salt Lake in front of a packed house at the new Audi stadium in Miami. (John Raoux/AP)
By Associated Press
April 5, 2018 – 12:00 PM
MIAMI — D.C. United midfielder Kyle Murphy had been working the crowd at Miami’s new soccer-specific venue, the Miami Herald reported on Saturday, when he heard an ethnic slur being hurled at the Black team.
A Black team?
Murphy, who lives in South Beach, was inside a restaurant on the south side of Miami, in front of a group of mostly Latino players.
In a statement, United said Murphy was inside the restaurant on the southeast side as the National Anthem played before United’s game against the Black team when he heard what he thought was an ethnic slur being hurled at the Black team. U.S. men’s national team striker George Bello, who plays for the Black team, said they were just cheering for their team.
“No one in this group should ever be associated with that group,” Murphy said.
He said he didn’t stop to argue with the players, and they didn’t address his comments with him. United said it was unaware of Murphy’s actions, and it was surprised by them.
“We are deeply troubled that this happened, and we sincerely apologize to anyone that was offended by it,” United said.
D.C. United called Murphy to apologize about an hour later, then said he was not let back into the stadium.
“We regret that circumstances beyond our control made this difficult for Kyle,” the team said in a statement.
D.C. United said it did not make the team available for interviews, but players for the Black team said they did not talk to Murphy because they needed to get to their games.
White players at the Florida Marlins, meanwhile, said the racial slurs were not directed at them.