A soccer writer has been let go after he made offensive remarks on Twitter during Wednesday night’s first MLS game back.
Drew Pells, a soccer writer, has been fired from his gig with VAVEL USA. The writer had an extremely offensive tweet during the Orlando City SC vs. Inter Miami game.
The soccer writer compared Andres Reyes’ injury to the death of George Floyd, saying one moment was “real” while the other was “manufactured.”
“This is a real ‘I can’t breathe’ moment, not one manufactured by the media. Thoughts and prayers. Hope Reyes is okay,” he wrote.
This is a real "I can't breathe" moment, not one manufactured by the media
— Drew Pells (@DrewPells) July 9, 2020
Pells immediately faced significant backlash for his tweet.
“Please remove yourself from this sport if you are going to say something so disgusting and disrespectful. We don’t want you a part of our community. No apology will be accepted either,” wrote Kalen Ryden, who plays for New Mexico United.
Please remove yourself from this sport if you are going to say something so disgusting and disrespectful. We don’t want you a part of our community. No apology will be accepted either.
— Kalen Ryden (@K4LEN) July 9, 2020
VAVEL USA released a statement on Pells late on Wednesday night, saying their relationship has ended.
“At VAVEL we are in favor of freedom of speech, however, our greater commitment is always to exalt the most important sports journalism values such as respect and diversity,” the company announced.
📄 PUBLIC STATEMENT. pic.twitter.com/BlKmZhaPs7
— VAVEL USA (@VAVEL_USA) July 9, 2020
Orlando City beat Inter Miami, 2-1, in Wednesday night’s game.
It was the first game of the MLS is Back Tournament, which is set to continue today and run through early August.