The Dynamo's outreach to the GLBT community -- we assume they have one of sorts -- has hit another snag with homophobic tweets from one of the supporter groups that works closely with the team.
Someone with control of the Brickwall Firm's twitter account apparently doesn't like Landon Donovan; the tweeter's relationship to gays is more confused but ultimately comes down on the side of "aggressively homophobic (and stupid)."
The tweets about the LA Galaxy player have been taken down, but have been preserved in various spots of the Internet, where nothing dies. Among the highlights:
-- "Donovan is a faggot. Brickwall don't give a shit about PC."
-- "For the record, Brickwall loves homosexuals ... but hate faggots. If that offends you, you're probably a faggot."
Like we say, it's a somewhat confused theory.
Dynamo officials weren't happy, and called the group's leaders onto the carpet. Major League Soccer also expressed its unhappiness.
The Dynamo's quick reaction to the incident might be tied to the bad publicity they got a year ago when Colin Clark was caught live on TV calling a ballboy a "faggot" during a match. Clark, who is now with the Galaxy, was suspended for three days.
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Brickwall immediately began backtracking. A multi-tweet statement read:
The Brickwall Firm is strongly opposed to any and all biased or ignorant statements that recently appeared on our Twitter feed...The posts in question were in no way any sort of official or condoned statement. We are actively rectifying the situation, and are dedicated[...]To more closely monitoring statements made by individuals purporting to speak for the group. Homophobia and racism are not a part of our...Agenda, nor anything to do with the atmosphere, culture, and community that we support. Our apologies to @HoustonDynamo , and the soccer supporters community at large.
The four supporting clubs of the Dynamo -- Brickwall Firm, El Batallón, Texian Army and La Bateria -- work out of the endzone at BBVA Compass Stadium and chant, sing and yell. The rowdiness has been turned down some since the Robertson Stadium days, but there are still or have been conflicts between groups, between the team and the groups, and between the groups and the league.