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MLS launches investigation into RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen's alleged racist history

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Posted at 8:17 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 00:34:08-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Major League Soccer released a statement Thursday evening that announced an investigation into Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen's alleged history of making racially charged remarks.

The statement reads, "We are deeply concerned about the allegations made in a report published this evening concerning language used by and the conduct of Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen. Major League Soccer has zero tolerance for this type of language or conduct and will immediately commence an investigation."

The statement comes after Hansen criticized players for postponing Wednesday night's match in protest of of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin and other racial injustices.

On his radio station "X96 Radio From Hell", Hansen said the players respect national issues but didn't support the local community.

He also said "The disrespect was profound to me, personally," and, "It's taken a lot of wind out of my sails on how much I want to invest in the team -- buying players and building the team."

Hansen later offered an apology for what on ESPN 700.

The investigation also comes after "The Athletic" posted an article online that accuses Hansen of making racist comments while being the owner of The RSL.

Athletes have voiced their opinions online about Hansen's remarks, some even prompting Hansen to sell the team.