A questionable tweet about black players has caused the MLS’s Seattle Sounders to cut ties with former coach and broadcaster Alan Hinton, according to the Seattle Times.

On Monday, Hinton tweeted about his relationship with black players and how he warmed up to them when he realized they were good enough to help win him bonuses as a coach. Hinton tried to make clear he isn’t a racist and noted he had black friends, though it very much looked like he was saying black players’ ability to put money in his pocket was the reason he liked them at the time.

Offensive or not, it was a bizarre thing to tweet in today’s climate. And something the Sounders did not approve of, judging from what the team announced on Wednesday.