Sounders owner Joe Roth apologizes for ‘cocaine distributor’ comment

Saturday November 14th, 2015

Seattle Sounders owner Joe Roth issued an apology on Friday after making comments about Guatemala and Nicaragua during the Alliance Annual Business Meeting, the team announced.

Roth misidentified Marco Pappa's home country as Nicaragua instead of Guatemala and said both countries were "cocaine distributors” after being corrected.  

“I sincerely apologize for the irresponsible comments I made after misidentifying Marco Pappa’s home country at last night’s Alliance Annual Business Meeting,” Roth said in a press release. “These comments do not in any way reflect my values or what I believe. As our fans know, we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind from any members of our organization, and I deeply regret my poor judgment.”

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Roth announced that Adrian Hanauer is set to become the team’s majority owner. Roth had previously served as the majority owner since 2007 before the team started regular season play in 2009. 

- Christopher Chavez

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