Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced on Sunday that Dell Loy Hansen will "begin a process to sell" Utah Soccer Holdings following his controversial anti-protest comments.

Hansen, the owner of Real Salt Lake, the NWSL's Utah Royals FC, and the USL's Utah Monarchs, took a leave of absence Friday amid widespread criticism for remarks he made after MLS players walked out last Wednesday in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

"The disrespect was profound to me, personally," Hansen told local radio, adding "it's taken a lot of wind out of" his desire to invest in the club.

Those comments drew the ire of several MLS players, including Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore, who tweeted: "He needs to sell the team then. I'm involved in a group that's ready to purchase it. Time for change."