A former Jamaican international football player lost his cool, and his job, when he attacked another team’s player on the field.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds forward Romeo Parkes' contract was terminated by the United Soccer League for viciously kicking New York Red Bulls II’s Karl Ouimette in the back during a game on Saturday.
The two players were ejected from the field following a tussle during the match.
As the two men were walking off the field, Parkes quickly snuck up behind Ouimette and delivered a powerful kick to his posterior. Ouimette crashed to the football field with the force of the kick and as the other players grabbed Parkes to subdue him, the Red Bulls player was taken off the field in a stretcher.
Parkes apologized for the assault on Twitter on the same night.
To the fans, my teams, the city of PGH, NY Red Bulls 2 and the USL, I recognized that my action was wrong and inappropriate.— Romeo Parkes (@ovando678) May 8, 2016
and I sincerely apologize and regret my actions. Despite the continous altercation throughout the game my further action after I was carded— Romeo Parkes (@ovando678) May 8, 2016
Was unwarrented and i ask for my fans, the league and my teammates as well as the New York Red Bulls to accept my sincere apology.— Romeo Parkes (@ovando678) May 8, 2016
However, the next morning, his contract with the Riverhounds was terminated and he was suspended by the USL indefinitely.
Romeo Parkes' contract has been terminated -> https://t.co/Ls4EPruRkr— PghRiverhounds (@PghRiverhounds) May 8, 2016
Twitter was just as unforgiving.
Romeo Parkes @ovando678 takes the award for biggest scumbag in football. Good luck getting a job after this one.— Daniel Thorpe (@Thorpedo95) May 8, 2016
Parkes has lost his mind. Had to be restrained.— John Krysinsky (@JohnKrysinsky) May 8, 2016
He kicked Karl Ouivitette, who was also sent off. Ouiviette is still down#PGHvNY
This is disgusting and a disgrace. Parks shouldn't play for a longtime. Hope Ouimette is ok, bc doesn't look good. https://t.co/NPnJGWMmAM— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) May 8, 2016
Atrocious I'm hoping Karl Ouimette is not seriously injured As for Parkes, this is a criminal act. Should be banned https://t.co/LT6x4rUO6f— @petkemike (@petkemike) May 8, 2016
A statement by the league concerning Parkes' behavior was also released on Sunday.
Official League Statement pic.twitter.com/4hGE0085RE— USL (@USL) May 8, 2016
“[Parkes has] been the shining light of this season, to be fair to him. … He sits next to me in the locker room, and he’s the nicest guy you’ll meet,” said Riverhounds captain Kevin Kerr. “So obviously, I didn’t see what happened, but I think it was out of character.”
Head coach Mark Steffens reported the incident as “unfortunate” and said: “The discipline being handed out is one that we, as a staff, consider to be fair and completely justified. The actions were not representative of what this team stands for as a whole.”
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