On Tuesday, HBO's sports newsmagazine show "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" aired a segment about Chivas USA and the numerous allegations of racism and discrimination at the club, from the Youth Academy to the senior team. On Wednesday, Chivas USA released a press release. While the club did not even mention the "Real Sports" segment or any specific allegations, the timing has to be considered as part of the context of the message.
Here is the press release, in its entirety, as sent out Wednesday afternoon:
Carson, Calif. (Wednesday, July 24, 2013) - One of the biggest strengths we have at Chivas USA is the talented and dedicated employees that make up our community, in which diversity prevails by having different nationalities, cultures and beliefs. Chivas USA is formed by employees from Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Egypt, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Spain, and the United States of America. We aim to work in an environment reigned by harmony regardless of skin color, language, and beliefs. This environment is also the base to one of our greatest strengths as it allows multiple ideas to flow and complement each other.
Therefore, we are disappointed by the intend 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.
At Chivas USA we are all part of the same Red-and-White colors and ideology, which strives for both personal and professional fulfillment on and off the field.
We absolutely reject any form of discrimination and racism.
"Our true nationality is mankind." H. G. Wells
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