That’s not the way an American sports hero should talk … or act.
Tim Howard lost his cool with some heckling fans and it will cost him three games.
Howard, the U.S. national team star and Colorado Rapids goalie, was hit with a 3-game ban by Major League Soccer on Friday over two separate incidents with fans during last Sunday’s game in Kansas City.
A video shared on social media captured the veteran keeper appearing to yell "I f—ed your mother" after a fan yelled "Go back to Colorado" during the Rapids’ 3-1 loss.
"Tim Howard made a regrettable mistake for which he is being disciplined by MLS," the Rapids said in a statement. "While this is out of character for Tim, we do not condone these actions.
"We accept the league’s decision and look forward to moving past this. The incidents that took place during our match at Sporting Kansas City last weekend do not represent the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club or Tim’s character and beliefs, on and off the pitch."
According to ESPN, Howard also grabbed a Sporting Kansas City fan by the arm as the players were leaving the field.
A "disappointed" MLS Players Union issued a statement Saturday defending Howard.
"The security provided by the league and Sporting Kansas City was wholly inadequate to protect players and fans," the union’s statement read.
The union’s defense of Howard claims that "a fan with alcohol in hand" got in the goalie’s face at field level and screamed obscenities following the game.
"Tim takes responsibility for his actions, but MLS needs to do the same, and send a clear message that it is committed to creating a safe experience not only for its fans, but for its players too."
Howard was also fined an undisclosed amount.
"Everyone at the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club stands behind Tim and we look forward to welcoming him back to the pitch in the near future," the statement continued.
Howard, from North Brunswick, New Jersey, became an American hero for his efforts in a losing effort against Belgium during a 2014 World Cup knockout game. Howard set a World Cup record with 16 saves in the 2-1 Round of 16 extra-time loss and sparked a #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave internet campaign.
Howard’s performance in goal that day in Brazil for the Americans even had President Obama joking that he would be willing to consider a fan petition that called for Howard to be named "secretary of defense."
The veteran goalie, who has made more than 100 appearances for the national team, returned to MLS last march when he inked a multi-year deal to join Colorado. Before returning to the U.S., Howard spent 13 years in the Premier League with Manchester United (2003-2006) and Everton (2006-2016). He started his MLS career with the MetroStars in 1998.
Howard will miss Saturday’s home game against Real Salt Lake and then road games against Minnesota United FC (April 23) and Orlando City (April 29).