Romeo Parkes

USL player who launched brutal attack has contract terminated


The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have terminated the contract of Romeo Parkes following his shocking on-field attack last weekend.

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On Saturday Jamaican international Parkes, 25, sent a flying kick into the back of New York Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette after both players had been sent off.

Parkes has since apologized but that hasn’t saved him his job.

In a statement released by the Riverhounds, team owner Tuffy Shallenberger apologized and revealed they had terminated Parks’ contract with immediate effect.

“I want to apologize to the fans and the Red Bulls II organization, as well as Karl Ouimette, for what transpired at the game last night,” Shallenberger stated. “Romeo’s actions are not representative of what our organization and its Academy stands for in regards to helping promote and grow this sport in not only the Greater Allegheny area, but also nationwide.

“We understand the severity of this situation and made it a point to respond as quickly as possible within our power.”

Head coach Mark Steffens reflected Shallenberger’s sentiments.

“As I stated last night, this is an unfortunate situation and one that was embarrassing for not only myself, but also the staff and the organization.” Steffens said. “The discipline being handed out is one that we, as a staff, consider to be fair and completely justified. The actions were not representative of what this team stands for as a whole.”

You can watch Parkes’ actions in the video above.

He only signed for the Riverhounds this February and has scored five goals in his first six games for the third-tier outfit.

After being called up to Jamaica’s preliminary 40-man Copa America Centenario roster for the tournament this summer, it seems highly unlikely Parkes will be able to find another team in the U.S. in the foreseeable future.

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People make mistakes, but this one is close to unforgivable and perhaps should see a USL player in an American police station.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds forward Romeo Parkes turned into a very different sort of attacker during an incident with New York Red Bulls II defender Karl Ouimette.

A Canadian national teamer, Ouimette had been shown red and continued to chatter with Parkes as he walked off the field. Parkes responds by kicking Ouimette in the back as the defender walked away.

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Ouimette needed to make taken off the field by stretcher, but later did board the team bus. The USL moved quickly to suspend Parkes. The league says it will begin a “full investigation” of the incident.

Regardless of injury, Parkes shouldn’t play again this year. Want to send a message? That’s how you do it. The USL should say, “This doesn’t stand in our league.” Even if it emerged that Ouimette said or did something incredibly heinous, does that change the fact that Parkes kicked a guy in or near the spine?

Parkes has apologized to everyone, including the city of Pittsburgh because, well, he better.

Even tennis legend Martina Navratilova was moved by the incident: