Fans that repeatedly made a point of the human rights record of New York City FC's ownership were shocked to find out that LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo owner Phil Anschutz is himself a massive asshole. Documents provided by The Nutmeg News to these fans showed them some disturbing information on Anschutz and the Anschutz Foundation that it appears some of them didn't know.
The Nutmeg News had our reporters contact people after they read the documents that detailed some of Anschutz financial backings.
"I never knew that Anschutz donated $10,000 dollars to 1992 Colorado anti-gay Proposition 2 which allowed private property owners and employers to discriminate against homosexuals and lesbians." said Jim Redding of Myrtle Beach.
"I never knew that since 2008 the Anschutz foundation donated $175,000 to the Mission America Foundation, a far-right organization whose president considers homosexuality to be a 'deviance' and has railed against the removal of HIV-based travel restrictions, warning that 'the U.S.’s liberal homosexual culture’ will attract HIV-positive immigrants." said Carla Stevensen of Albuquerque.
"I never knew that between 2003 and 2010, the Anschutz Foundation donated at least $210,000 to the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, a think tank that opposes labor unions." said IBEW journeyman Davis Hansen of Sacramento.
"I never knew that Anschutz has funded the Institute for American Values (IAV), a group that campaigns against same-sex marriage and against single parenting" said single mother Dolores Racic of Detroit.
"I never knew that Anschutz funds the Discovery Institute, a think tank based in Seattle, Washington that promotes intelligent design and criticizes evolution." said science teacher Stephen Koslowski of Tampa.
Most of the soccer fans that The Nutmeg News surveyed revealed that while this was a revelation to them that they would still judge Sheikh Mansour harshly because he isn't originally from the United States.
TNN will report on this situation as more information arises.