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Joseph, Revs apologize for Gomez statement

Posted on 28 October 2008 by L.E. Eisenmenger

Monday, Shalrie Joseph and the New England Revolution issued statements apologizing for his post-game comment on Khano Smith’s red-carded foul to Kansas City’s Hercules Gomez. It was Gomez who delivered the tackle that ended the season Steve Ralston two weeks prior.

After Saturday’s game, Joseph said of Gomez, “the guy ended Ralston’s season for the rest of the year and he didn’t get a yellow – he didn’t get suspended or fined or nothing. We knew coming in today we definitely wanted to give him payback and make him know we didn’t appreciate what he did to Ralston.”

Joseph changed his tune Monday. “I want to apologize for my comments after our game on Saturday night against Kansas City,” he said in a statement issued by the Revs. “I was still caught up in the heat of the match. I regret implying that we were looking for payback. I know my comments don’t reflect the feelings of my teammates or the club.”

The Revolution added a statement of their own. “We apologize for Shalrie Joseph’s comments following our match on Saturday night,” they wrote. “There was no concerted effort to single out any player on Kansas City’s squad. We would never condone such behavior or actions.”

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