Watch HBO’s Report on Chivas USA That Alleges Racial Discrimination at MLS Club [VIDEO]

chivas usa 600x450 Watch HBOs Report on Chivas USA That Alleges Racial Discrimination at MLS Club [VIDEO]

On Tuesday, July 23, the acclaimed HBO TV program Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel ran a 10-minute report that investigated claims of racial discrimination at Chivas USA. If you missed the show, watch it below in its entirety.

During the show, reporter Soledad O’Brien explored the swirling controversy surrounding the struggling MLS club. She interviewed former Chivas USA Academy coaches Dan Calichman and Teddy Chronopoulos who both recently filed a lawsuit against the club alleging racial discrimination. Calichman, a former LA Galaxy footballer, was replaced at Chivas USA by FOX Soccer commentator and analyst Keith Costigan who, unlike Calichman, speaks Spanish as a second language.

The report claims that several former and current club players were discriminated against because they were not Mexican or Mexican-American descent. That included the story of an African-American youth player who was allegedly told by Chivas USA officials that he should play for the LA Galaxy youth team if he didn’t speak Spanish.

In a press release that was posted on the Chivas USA website in response to the negative criticism, the statement read:

“We absolutely reject any form of discrimination and racism,” and added “We are disappointed by the intent of some individuals who have chosen to use our diversity to define our club as a racist and discriminatory environment by reporting an incomplete and one-sided story in order to damage the image of Chivas USA and the hard working individuals who are part of our community.”

Chivas USA declined HBO’s request to interview Chivas USA owner Jorge Vergara.

MLS also declined HBO’s request for an interview.

Chivas USA currently sits in last place in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The club also sits in last place with the worst average attendance in the league this season with 8,780 per game.

What are your opinions about HBO’s report? Share your insight in the comments section below.

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17 Responses to Watch HBO’s Report on Chivas USA That Alleges Racial Discrimination at MLS Club [VIDEO]

  1. Cody says:

    Was this done with a 1980s VHS recorder?

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Looks like a handycam! While it takes a minute to get used to, the quality of the video improves as the show progresses. Of course, the episode that aired on HBO was far better quality, but for those people who missed it or who don’t receive HBO, the above video will suffice.

      If you’re planning on watching it, watch it soon. I can guarantee that either the rights holder or MLS will try to issue YouTube with a take-down notice as soon as possible.

    • CTBlues says:

      It was probably a cam of someone’s TV because you need HBO to stream HBO Go.

  2. Pete Q says:

    So you’re against pirated streams of matches…but you’ll publicize a report that was taped by a camcorder off of HBO which will probably be removed because of copyright infringement?

  3. CTBlues says:

    Maybe the Revolution should higher a team of only Irish or Irish decent players because they are “Boston’s” team.

    This seems like blatant racism and the only reason this isn’t being blasted all over the news like the Travon Martin case is because it is soccer and MLS on top of it.

  4. David says:

    This is the last thing MLS needs right now- they’ve got to either get a change of ownership and/or move the team. They’ve had nothing but trouble with this team the past couple of years.

    • hanoverboxer says:

      MLS won’t do anything about it because they’re a clown league with a clown commissioner. I’m really hoping the NASL continues to grow and overtakes that silly league.

      • CTBlues says:

        Going to be hard for that to happen when MLS keeps taking the NASL’s best teams (Sounders, Timbers, Whitecaps, and Impact).

  5. Matt says:

    Chivas U.S.A was a bad idea from the start. They created a brand that alienates non hispanics and is targeted at Mexicans who also support Chivas Guadalajara. Chivas severely limited their market from the beginning and its about time they are exposed. They need to change ownership and possibly rebrand or relocate the team. Currently Chivas U.S.A is a blemish on the MLS.

    If they wanted to create a team hispanics could rally around, why not Atletico Los Angeles.

  6. Jayoh says:

    Looks like the “plan” is really working well for them.

  7. Human.Being. says:

    Racism. Plain and simple.

    The guys (and kids) were not Hispanic, therefore they were removed.

    17 non-Hispanic players removed in one season. Racism.

    F*%# that sh*t team. Dead last in league.

    So funny (sad) how in 2013 humans are still so biastly and blatantly targeted for color of skin. Regardless of one’s color, it is *wrong* to exclude anyone from a sport because you don’t fit their particular hue or background.

    Shame on you, MLS, for letting this happen in the first place and continue to this day.

    We are all humans. The Beautiful Game is better than this horrible display.

    Can you imagine if all of the sudden LA Galaxy kicked out everyone who was not white?

    Sounds silly, right? CHIVAS ARE CURRENTLY DOING THAT EXACT THING… But just another skin tone.

    EPL – save us from this madness.

    • john marzan says:

      and the USA is about to amnesty or give “pathway to citizenship” to millions of illegal foreigners from Mexico?

      That’s going to make things better. Might as well call the Rose Bowl Stadium “Estadio Azteca 2″

      • COYS_USA_D1 says:

        you do know that your last line is a racist statement racist statement right?

        • john marzan says:

          COYS_USA_D1: “you do know that your last line is a racist statement racist statement right?”

          a columnist for this website just called Cowboy’s Stadium “Estadio Azteca with Plasma TV screens”

  8. john marzan says:

    Lawsuit: Chivas USA Soccer Team Hired ‘Undocumented’ Coaches, Discriminated Against Non-Hispanic Employees

    http://www.dailybreeze.com/general-news/20130814/former-chivas-usa-human-resources-official-sues-claiming-discrimination-against-carson-soccer-club

  9. john marzan says:

    i think chivas USA should be shut down, and another franchise should be awarded to miami or some other area, hopefully not in the american southwest.

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