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Rayo OKC co-owner takes field and goes home…

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The strange saga of Rayo OKC has taken another bizarre turn.

Less than a month after the team parted ways with its coach, business partners, most of its employees and remaining fan base, one of the fledgling soccer club's co-owners – Sean Jones – stopped by Miller Stadium in Yukon last week and took half of the artificial playing surface.


Rayo OKC once again finds itself in another off-the-field controversy.

The NASL team announced in a statement Monday that 40 of the 92 temporary artificial turf pallets were removed from Yukon High School's Miller Field last Wednesday. The team said that minority owner Sean Jones later met with the club that afternoon and confirmed he ordered the pallets' removal from the stadium.

The club initially filed a report last Wednesday with the Yukon Police Department regarding the missing turf pallets before learning Jones' was responsible. The club said that it is no longer pursuing an investigation now that they know Jones has the turf.

“The removal of the turf was removed under (Jones') authority in the middle of the night (Wednesday),” the club said in its official statement. “We still don't know Mr. Jones' intention for the turf or its whereabouts.

“There is no resolution in preparation for our home match on Sept. 11 (vs. Jacksonville Armada).”

Uhm, where was this bold move earlier in the season? I'd be much more inclined to go to a Rayo OKC game if I knew half the field was missing. In fact, I vote they replace the empty tiles with obstacles and hidden booby traps. Who wouldn't want to watch that?

"Hernando dodges the tackle and is on a breakaway! Only the goalie to beat and, oh no, he just ran onto the hidden giant spring! He is flying hiiiiiiiigh in the air and... uh oh. It looks like he landed in the crocodile pit. I doubt he'll return from that one. Rayo's going to have to use their final substitution."

Anyway, Sean Jones responded to the fiasco by releasing this statement. You can check it out below. In other news, if anyone is looking to buy artificial soccer turf, now is probably a good time. I've heard it's a buyers market.

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