May 8, 2016
USL, Riverhounds acted quickly and did the right thing; Parkes deserves a nice, long ban
By Michael Lewis
Karl Ouimette was injured with a blind-sided kick by Romeo Parkes, who finds himself out of a job today.
Photo courtesy of the Cosmos
Give the USL and Pittsburgh Riverhounds high marks for swiftly ruling on Romeo Parkes after the Jamaican international's brutal attack on Red Bulls II center back Karl Ouimette Saturday night.
And give Parkes the lowest marks possible.
After both players were red carded in the 86th minute of the Red Bulls II's 3-1 away win Saturday night, Parkes attacked Ouimette from behind. Not exactly the classiest thing you will see on the soccer field. In fact, it was disgusting and one of the most heinous fouls I have seen in an American pro soccer league. The Canadian international needed a stretcher to take him off the field.
The USL immediately suspended Parkes Saturday night and the Riverhounds gave him his pink slip Sunday afternoon, not a minute too soon, even if the forward had tallied five times in six games for Pittsburgh this season.
Yes, I know Parkes apologized for his mindless attack on Ouimette, and that there probably is a back story on the incident; did Ouimette do anything to antagonize him?
But letís face it, actions speak much louder than words when violence is perpetuated.
I hope Parkes is given a nice long suspension from the game -- at least the rest of the season if not the year.
The length of it could be determined by the severity of the injury or injuries that Ouimette had suffered. As of Sunday night, there was no update on Ouimette.
Then it will be up to another team to give Parkes a second chance, if there is one that is so bold.
If I am a USL side or an American pro soccer club, I wouldn't even consider it.
To me, he is a radioactive player. Stay away from him.