Former USMNT player Oguchi Onyewu apologized to Mexico women’s national team defender Janelly Farias on Sunday after threatening to choke Farias during CBS Sports’ broadcast of the USMNT vs. Mexico game.
Onyewu and Farias engaged in a back-and-forth early in the broadcast which resulted in Onyewu saying, “I will come across this desk and choke you.” Onyewu appeared to be joking, but it was an extremely poor phrase to use.
Onyewu seemed to realize that, and later apologized during the broadcast.
Here is Onyewu’s full apology:
“Earlier in the show, you know, throughout our banter back-and-forth, I got carried away, for sure. And I said a stupid thing that should have never come out of my mouth. And I am deeply sorry for it and I apologize to you and I hope that you can forgive, don’t take any offense to it. So, I just really wanted to sincerely apologize for what I said.”
Farias accepted Onyewu’s apology with a fist-bump and said, “I think the fact that you can say that on national television speaks volumes of you.”
Onyewu and Farias appeared on the broadcast to offer commentary of the USMNT’s win over Mexico in the CONCACAF Nations League final. The game was contentious, as beer cans were thrown and homophobic chants were uttered by fans.
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