USA TODAY SPORTS - Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard has issued an apology for an incident nearly two weeks ago that earned him a three-game suspension.
Howard cursed during an exchange with a fan during the Rapids' 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City on April 9. He was issued a suspension April 14 and a fine for an undisclosed amount.
On Friday he issued a statement on Facebook.
“I want to begin by saying I am genuinely sorry for my behavior in Kansas City and I want to apologize to my fans,” Howard wrote. “I let myself get too worked up after being provoked and said some things I shouldn’t have. I am at fault and certainly not a victim in this incident.
“With that being said, I feel compelled to elaborate a bit more based upon the responses of others. After reviewing the incident in Kansas City, my league and my team chose to admonish me and suspend me for almost 10% of the season, but they did not say a word about the fan’s antagonistic behavior or the negligent security. While I regret my reaction and understand the need to take action on their part, I am surprised and concerned that the full context of the incident wasn’t considered and responsibility wasn’t shared.
“We all want passionate fans but there is a line that shouldn’t be crossed. It is not ok for an apparently drunk fan to get inches away from an athlete’s face and yell obscenities at them. While I should have controlled my reaction, I want to make it clear that I have never been put into a situation like that until Kansas City. I’m not a security expert, so don’t know the details of how a fan could get so close, but it was not the norm and not right.”
In his statement Friday, Howard urged “MLS, Sporting Kansas City, the Colorado Rapids and sports institutions in general to review fan-athlete interactions – both what is permitted and how that is supervised.”
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