Junior Flemmings sent on leave over alleged homophobic insult

By October 02, 2020

United Soccer League team, the Phoenix Rising has put midfielder Junior Flemmings on administrative leave as an investigation proceeds into allegations that he used a homophobic term against an opposing player during his team’s game against the San Diego Loyal on Wednesday night.

Phoenix Rising has released statement on social media indicating that the Jamaican was sent on leave so that he may fully focus on cooperating with the investigation.

Depending on what the investigation reveals, the Reggae Boyz player could find himself being without a job as the club have made their policy clear.

"Phoenix Rising FC is actively anti-homophobia and anti-racist and has a zero-tolerance policy for actions which run contrary to these core values," the club said in its statement.

During the game on Wednesday, San Diego Loyal midfielder Collin Martin accused Flemmings of hurling an homophobic slur at him. The accusation resulted Loyal players walking off the field in protest even though they were leading 3-1.

Flemmings, who has scored 14 goals in 14 matches for the Phoenix Rising, has denied the accusations.

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