Saturday's Gold Cup post game ceremony conducted by Univision's Fernando Fiore mostly in Spanish brought on a expletive laden rant by the US goalkeeper. He perceived in it a slight akin to a gatecrasher eating with chopsticks when everyone else is using forks. Or something like that.
Of course, this was a signal for the immigrant bashers to come out full force laying the economic woes on all those illegals and threatening the final solution on them. Mexican Americans, constituting the overwhelming majority watching the finals supported their country of origin in vociferous fashion, were denounced and told to go back to their "shitty little hellhole".
What was amusing to see behind their thinly veiled racism was that most of them cared little for "soccer playing faggots" and "pussies." These goons would not have supported the US national team any day or any given Sunday for that matter. Most had not heard of Howard and used his rant as an excuse to spout their SB 1070 talking points.
Yesterday, Howard apologized for his *#@@~ but not the sentiment behind it.
"When this occurs on your home soil, it is particularly insulting. We, as American players, were asked to participate in a postgame ceremony at a match in Los Angeles and we are standing there trying to show good sportsmanship and yet the ceremony is going on and we are just looking at one another struggling to understand a word."
"It was, to be honest, humiliating, and I firmly believe the tournament organizers should not have put us in that position."
First, the US team has a number of Hispanic origin players including Juan Agudelo, Alejandro Bedoya, and Carlos Bocanegra. There is also Jose Francisco Torres, who opted to play for the USA and was seen in last year's World Cup. They all understand the language. Second, none of the major networks carried the Gold Cup finals and it was left to Univision to carry it on standard cable. Fox Soccer Channel was the only other outlet to air the match but it is a premium service. The most important soccer tournament the USA participates in outside of the World Cup and yet ABC, CBS, and NBC chose to punt on the Gold Cup. This was the real insult. Third, lets fix Howard's last line.
"It was, to be honest, humiliating, and I firmly believe I should have done better and not have put us in that position."
The real humiliation was on the pitch, not the post game ceremony. Man up, Tim. Also, a little technicality here. The USA has no official language. All these bashers conveniently forget that and yet here they are carrying flags saying, "Don't tread on me" touting individual rights. Double speak.