I don’t know if his apology was phony or not – and don’t care.
As far as I am concerned the bigger – and better – message was Major League Soccer’s zero tolerance for homophobic and other inappropriate behavior and the importance they place on respect for everyone.
Marc Burch received a 3 game suspension and was heavily fined. Some MLS players have had on field physical altercations with other players and were not punished as severely. Even better, a while back, another knucklehead player called a ball boy the “f” word and his punishment was similar.
I love soccer, watch it all the time and could not be happier about the MLS and their view that people be treated with dignity and respect.