SAN DIEGO – San Diego Loyal players walked off the field mid-game Wednesday, forfeiting in protest after a member of the Phoenix Rising reportedly used a homophobic slur directed at Loyal midfielder Collin Martin.
It’s the second time in the past week the Loyal have forfeited a game. Last week, the team vacated the result of its midweek matchup with the LA Galaxy II after learning one of the opposing players used “the n-word” in reference to Loyal defender Elijah Martin.
“Last week we made it loud and clear that we do not stand for racism or homophobia,” the team said in a tweet Wednesday night. “Nothing has changed this week.”
The Loyal were leading Phoenix 3-1 at the time they walked off the field.