LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Galaxy on Friday released starting midfielder Alexander Katai after his wife posted racist messages to social media directed at George Floyd protesters.

In a one-line statement, the Galaxy announced that the team had “agreed to part ways” with Katai.

Earlier in the week, Tea Katai, the wife of the 29-year-old Serbian midfielder, issued several racist and profanity-laced Instagram posts calling for violence against protesters.

In one of the most egregious posts, Tea Katai posted a picture of a looter holding a shoe box with the caption “Black Nikes Matter.”

The posts have since been deleted.

The Galaxy Wednesday night issued a statement denouncing her statements. Katai himself also posted an apology on his Instagram page in which he called his wife’s comments “unacceptable” and added that her “views are not ones I share and are not tolerated in my family.”

The Galaxy signed Katai in December after he spent two seasons with the Chicago Fire. He only played in two games for the Galaxy before the season was put on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prior to that, he spent three seasons playing for Alavés in Spain’s La Liga and three seasons with Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade.

Comments (8)
  1. GsGirl says:

    The very freedoms we enjoy in this country are being taken away, minute by minute. She was referring to looters, not protesters. Wow, this is beyond sad. And congratulations to her husband for throwing her under the bus. That man has no integrity, and neither does the LA Galaxy.

  2. tbtampa01 says:

    Just as she has the right to be racist, the Galaxy has the right to can her husband for it. Get over it.

    1. Radler says:

      “black nikes matter”- a true “racist” statement. Actual racists would laugh to tears upon seeing how you oversensitive people spit flames about it. This is miserable and pitiful to watch for real. I think even emotionally unstable teenagers have more common sense than you do. Come on, there is a lot of actual racism going around the World, where people suffer beyond comprehension. I feel deeply ashamed that such petty point of view has it’s voice in mainstream nowadays. Stop sobbing and get over it.

  3. Emil says:

    LA, the whole world is laughing at you! You don’t even know what racism is.

  4. Jerry Phelps says:

    This is the radical commie left in its full glory.
    In this case, the man didn’t say a thing! Even his wife said nothing bad, only criticized the looters and rioters! Yet, in the utopia of the left, you get punished if someone in your family has the wrong thoughts!
    Forget about freedom of expression, 1st amendment and all that. This is madness! The commie left in its full glory!
    This is how the west falls, from within!

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