MLS Season Pass broadcaster Kaylyn Kyle was suspended for 30 days after making remarks she later deemed “improper and inaccurate” about now-former New England Revolution head coach and general manager Bruce Arena, according to multiple sources within both Major League Soccer and Apple, MLS’ broadcast partner.
MLS did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Through a league spokesperson, Kyle declined to comment. Multiple sources within MLS and Apple said that Kyle could return to work as soon as this weekend. Kyle, who appears on MLS 360 and several other programs on Season Pass, has been absent from those shows since making her remarks.
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Kyle’s remarks came on Aug. 8th and centered on Arena’s absence ahead of a Leagues Cup match between the Revolution and Mexican side Queretaro FC. At the time, Arena had been placed on leave as a league-commissioned investigation into alleged “inappropriate and insensitive” remarks progressed. Speaking on SiriusXM’s “The Football Show,” Kyle offered her thoughts on the match:
— The Blazing Musket (@BlazingMusket) August 8, 2023
“It’s an interesting matchup because of everything that’s going on with the Revs,” said Kyle. “Bruce Arena (is) on administrative leave pending investigation for a racial slur that he used against someone in the club.”
The details of what Arena was alleged to have said or done have still not been publicized, and the following day, Kyle walked back her assertion that Arena had been suspended for using racist language.
“On yesterday’s episode of The Football Show on Sirius XM, I made improper and inaccurate remarks about the basis for MLS’ review of Bruce Arena,” Kyle wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. “The league’s investigation — of which I have no knowledge or first-hand information — relates to allegations that the coach made insensitive remarks. I had no basis to say what I said on the show. I understand that words have impact and I apologize for my actions. I spoke carelessly and should have been more mindful of my words.”
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