The L.A. Galaxy released Serbian winger Aleksandar Katai Friday due to his wife’s social media posts during the riots. Tea Katai sent out two known references to the riots — including “Black Nikes Matter,” one translated to “kill the sh*t” and another where she reportedly used “disgusting cattle” to describe protestors — via Instagram Story, the posts were then screencapped, posted on r/LAGalaxy and that eventually led to the team releasing Katai by Friday.
Aleksandar Katai, 29, appeared in two matches for the Galaxy and was left trying to put his athletic career back together via an Instagram apology. Tea Katai’s Instagram page is locked; it’s unclear if she issued an apology.
This is a mistake from my family and I take full responsibility. I will ensure that my family and I take the necessary actions to learn, understand, listen and support the black community. I understand that it will take time to earn back the support of the people of Los Angeles. I am committed to putting in the necessary work to learn from these mistakes and be a better ally and advocate for equality going forward.
First, let’s start with the social media posts that Tea Katai sent out on Instagram Story:
When your wife ruins your career… Aleksander Katai wife “kill the shits” pic.twitter.com/JRIoR6Q8w3
— ????????? (@MotorJohn121) June 3, 2020
Then the release:
The LA Galaxy have parted ways with Aleksandar Katai. pic.twitter.com/mcu0fTreC8
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) June 5, 2020
Wednesday: Aleksandar Katai’s wife Tea Katai calls the Los Angeles protestors “Disgusting cattle,” saying, “Kill the s**ts.”
Thursday: LA Galaxy fans protest outside the stadium demanding Katai’s release.
Friday: LA Galaxy release the Serbian winger from his contract. pic.twitter.com/iFPhneLLr6
— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) June 5, 2020