In the three days since one of Austin FC's top-billed players, Cecilio Dominguez, was abruptly announced as suspended pending an investigation into "possible off-field misconduct," rumors have swirled—but the club itself has remained tight-lipped.
Dominguez, who was tied as Austin's top goalscorer last season and is one of three star "Designated Players," will leave a large hole in his absence. Once dubbed the "David Beckham rule," players with Designated Player status are often the top players on a team's roster and can be paid above the league's salary cap. Player salaries have not yet been released for this season, but Dominguez's pay is likely similar to his $1.7 million salary last year.
.@MLS is suspending @AustinFC midfielder Cecilio Dominguez pending an investigation into “possible off-field misconduct”. pic.twitter.com/NFq7tKOvDe
— Stew Myrick (@StewMyrick) April 9, 2022
A since-dropped domestic violence and psychological damage lawsuit was filed against Dominguez in 2017 by his ex-partner in Paraguay. However, no details on what alleged misconduct occurred have been made available.
Here's what we do know:
Austin FC reported the alleged misconduct to the league. The news came just a day after the Verde player celebrated his newly-minted green card on Thursday, leaving many to assume the club learned of his alleged misconduct on Friday, just before an official statement was issued. Austin FC seemed quick to report to the MLS, unlike recently at the Portland Timbers, where Andy Polo remained on the club for several days after news of domestic violence allegations were flagged to the team.
The club will not comment on details surrounding the investigation. The club told reporters it would not comment on Dominguez's investigation in its post-match press conference Sunday, although head coach Josh Wolff mentioned the adjustment made to the starting lineup as the news broke less than 48 hours before the club's Sunday match.
"We talk a lot about resiliency and hard work... those are the foundations," Wolff said. "And sure, there was something that happened this week that obviously affects our group to some degree, but that was never going to be an excuse."
When asked about when, if ever, Dominguez may return to the lineup, Wolff said it's "not something we discuss."
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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.