LA GALAXY released Serbian winger Aleksandar Katai after a series of “racist and violent” social media posts by his wife Tea.
In Instagram posts that have since been deleted, Katai called Black Lives Matter protesters “disgusting cattle.”
Writing in Serbian, she also called for violence against them, according to media reports.
A picture of a police service moving through the crowd included a caption that translates to “kill the **** s”.
Meanwhile, another article showed a pillager with the legend “Black Nikes Matter”, mocking the Black Lives Matter movement.
Supporters of Black Lives Matter have demonstrated in cities across the United States and around the world since the death of George Floyd.
The 46-year-old man was an unarmed black man killed when Constable Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck for more than eight minutes while restraining him.
LA Galaxy released a brief statement Friday that the Katai midfielder and the team had “mutually agreed to separate,” after “strongly condemning” the Tea Katai publications when they became aware of them on Wednesday.
“TAKES ALL RESPONSIBILITY”
The statement continued: “The LA Galaxy stands alongside communities of color, and in particular the black community, in demonstrations and the fight against systemic racism, social inequality, bigotry and violence.
Katai, 29, who previously played for Chicago Fire and signed with LA Galaxy in December, apologized for his wife’s social media posts.
He posted a long statement on his own Instagram page where he said that his opinions “are not those I share and are not tolerated in my family.”
He added: “It is a mistake of my family and I take full responsibility for it. ”
His wife is also said to be Serb.
Katai signed with the Galaxy as a free agent on December 31.
He joined MLS with Chicago in 2018 after a career in Europe, notably with the Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade.
He had 18 goals in his first two seasons with the Fire, who signed him for Spanish team Alaves.
The MLS season has been suspended since March, when the coronavirus epidemic froze much of the professional sports calendar.