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Dell Loy Hansen to sell MLS, NWSL teams amid racism allegations

Dell Loy Hansen

Dec 19, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen speaks at the press conference to introduce new head coach Jeff Cassar at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

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Dell Loy Hansen, the investor and operator of Utah Soccer Holdings, the entity which owns Real Salt Lake (MLS), Utah Royals FC (NWSL) and Real Monarchs (USL), has agreed to sell the company days after allegations of racist comments attributed to Hansen were brought to light.

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The allegations of racism against Hansen, which were reported this week by The Athletic, are long and ugly.

Hansen first came under public fire on Thursday when he slammed his players for opting against playing their league game the previous night as they stood in solidarity with athletes from other American sports who refused to play in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake by Wisconsin police.

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“It’s like somebody stabbed you and you’re trying to figure out a way to pull the knife out and move forward,” he said at the time, before walking back some of the comments in his second radio interview — on a station he owns — that day. Dell Loy Hansen also pinned blame on the players for forcing him to cut “40 to 50 jobs again” as he vowed to no longer welcome fans to future home games at Rio Tinto Stadium after what had occurred the night before. He reversed course on that comment later in the day as well.

Hansen announced on Friday that he would take a leave of absence while the leagues conduct investigations into the allegations against him.

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Hansen released a statement following Sunday’s announcement of sale, in which he apologized for “speaking too quickly, without pausing to consider the feelings or good intentions of others” and for “allowing [his] words to travel unfiltered as to their significance and impact.”

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