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Updated Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM

Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark uses gay slur toward ball boy, apologizes on Twitter

Joshua Mayers

UPDATE 2:36 p.m. -- I'm told NBC Sports producers missed Colin Clark's slur on the live broadcast and would've issued an on-air apology had they heard it.

UPDATE 1:44 p.m. -- Here a statement from the Houston Dynamo: "We are aware of the incident involving Colin Clark during the Seattle match. Colin is very remorseful for his actions, which were inappropriate and do not represent his true character. He has issued a public apology and he will personally apologize to the ball boy. The League is reviewing the situation to determine disciplinary measures, and Colin and the club will be fully cooperative in the process."

The Sounders have declined to comment.

UPDATE 9:23 a.m. -- Here's a statement to The Seattle Times from MLS, through a league spokesman: "We are aware of the incident involving Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark during the game in Seattle Friday night, and his public apology for it. MLS is conducting a thorough review of the facts and examining possible disciplinary action."

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There was an unfortunate moment in Friday night's game that has been brought to my attention.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark used a gay slur to a ball boy in the seventh minute of a 2-0 loss to Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. The awful choice of words was clearly audible on the NBC Sports Network broadcast and captured on this YouTube video (it does contain explicit language, so be warned).

It all stemmed from a controversial throw-in decision that went to Houston, even though the ball appeared to go out off of Clark. As he ran to the sideline to take the throw-in, Clark raised his hand as a target for the ball boy to throw him the ball. The ball was rolled out on the ground instead, which triggered the slur.

Clark apologized on Twitter (posted below) shortly after the match, presumably after being confronted about the incident.

I'll ask the league office for comment on Saturday.

Until then, what do you make of the matter?

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