Roughnecks release player after use of racial slur

Posted at 11:47 PM, Apr 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 00:47:32-04

TULSA — Horrible news coming out of the Black Gold Derby between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

ESPN's Jeff Carlisle reports that the Tulsa Roughnecks have released Fabian Bastidas after he used a racial slur against OKC Energy's Atiba Harris.

Harris tweeted out Saturday that a Roughnecks player used a racial slur towards him twice during the match.

The Roughnecks responded by putting out the following statement:

"The Tulsa Roughnecks announced today the termination of Fabian Bastidas’ contract with the club following his use of foul and abusive language during last night’s match with OKC Energy FC," said Roughnecks President Barry Williams. "The player’s actions are a violation of the league’s zero-tolerance policy, and do not represent the beliefs and values of our club – nor the community we represent. As an organization, we sincerely apologize to Atiba Harris and OKC Energy FC, and will do what is necessary to prevent this type of behavior in the future."

Roughnecks head coach Michael Nsien released a statement:

The next match for the Roughnecks is Saturday, May 4 when they travel to Reno.

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