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Gotham FC addresses McCall Zerboni’s postgame remarks

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NJ/NY Gotham FC has responded to outcry over captain McCall Zerboni making a racist analogy in her postgame comments on Sunday.

In a statement Wednesday, Gotham said that it is aware of Zerboni’s remarks and that it “will not abide by any language that perpetuates harmful stereotypes.”

“We have addressed the matter internally and will continue to seek opportunities to educate our organization and community about the impact words have on others,” the club wrote.

Madison Hammond, a defender for Angel City FC and the NWSL’s lone Native American player, addressed the comments Tuesday night. In a Twitter thread, she said that while she has spoken with Zerboni and knows that she “didn’t intend harm,” certain phrases are still “rooted in brutal racism” and “way too common in our everyday lexicon.”

Cloud 9, Gotham’s supporters group, said Tuesday that they would reach out to front office directly and call for the issue to be addressed.

Zerboni issued an initial apology Tuesday, then further addressed the comments Wednesday, writing that she was “unaware the expression I ignorantly chose to use could cause so much harm.”

“I’ve certainly got it now,” she wrote. “No this is not Gotham’s issue. No not our media personnel, admin, etc. This is all me all my bad. Thanks for pushing me to grow in ways I didn’t know I needed to people.”