The Fire revealed tonight that defender Bakary Soumare and Head Coach Denis Hamlett were each fined an undisclosed amount for what the team is calling a "locker room incident" that took place at halftime of last Sunday's 3-2 loss to Houston.
According to [Soccer By Ives](http://www.soccerbyives.net/soccer_by_ives/2009/08/chicago-fire-to-fine-hamlett-and-soumare-for-lockerroom-fight.html), the "incident" -- which lead to Baky being subbed out -- was heated locker room argument and nothing more -- team sources are insisting that no punches were thrown.
"The locker room can get heated and we bring a lot of passion to our game days. Even when this happens, a line cannot be crossed," said Fire technical director, Frank Klopas. "The team has moved past this incident regarding Denis and Bakary and our focus remains on bringing the MLS Cup back to Chicago this season."
Soumare -- who is currently in New York for family reasons -- has yet to return to the Fire since he joined the Malian National Team on Monday.
So what does all of this mean for Baky and Hamlett?
Baky has long been the subject of transfer rumors (the latest is that he could be heading to French team Boulogne) and this incident seems to cement his departure from the Fire. If he isn't sold in the summer transfer window (which closes on September 1st) Baky will likely play out the rest of the year for the Fire, but at this point that might not even happen. Nothing is guaranteed here folks...
Hamlett's situation is more difficult to speculate on. I'm guessing that he and Frank Klopas had a sit-down at some point in the last week but -- if they did -- there really isn't anyway of knowing what came out of it.
Should Hamlett's job security be affected by the incident?
Well, the situation certainly raises some questions about the level of respect his players have for him but it's important to note that these things do happen in professional sports (take Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson as an example...). If the Fire is able to get results then expect Hamlett's job to be more than safe for -- at the minimum -- the rest of the year. However, this "incident" is not a good thing for the club and if it (or something like it) happens again or if the team's performance suffers then all bets are off regarding Denis's future in Chicago...
Finally, apologies for getting this story up in an untimely manner. I had been away from the computer and was unaware of the goings on...