As always, if Hope Solo is trending on Twitter, that’s never a good thing. Or the best thing ever, depending on your point of view.
Well, she was trending again yesterday. Turns out calling Sweden a “bunch of cowards” and saying “the best team did not win today” after getting bounced in the Olympics wasn’t just the worst post-game presser, it was also the costliest because US Soccer announced that it has suspended Solo from the US National Team for six months “for conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles.”
US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement: “The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players.”
And as far as suspensions go, it’s a brutal one because while she’ll be eligible to play again in February, there isn’t a significant competition until 2019, when she’d be 38, so there’s a really good chance that coward blast is the last we hear from Hope in a US kit.
But hold up for a second. She’s getting suspended six months for saying the Swedes played like cowards? Sure, that coward blast was one of the more classless post-game remarks I’ve heard in a long time, but it’s not like she physically attacked someone.
Because when she allegedly did that, to her teenage nephew, there was no suspension once the charges were dropped. And by the way were reinstated, and still no suspension.
And it’s not like calling the Swedes a “bunch of cowards” is nearly as dangerous as Hope and her husband, Jerramy Stevens, taking a US Soccer team van for a spin and then him getting busted for DUI. She only received 30-day suspension for that.
So let’s all think on this for a minute… Allegedly get into a fight with your teenage nephew that’s bad enough for him to try to hit you with a broomstick and then call 911…, no suspension. Drunken joyride in team van…, 30-day suspension. Call Sweden cowards, 180-day suspension.
Like…, listen, if you want to call your nephew “fat, unathletic and crazy” and get into a fight with him, that’s fine, but we draw the line at calling out your opponent’s defensive strategy.
It tells me that this isn’t just about the presser. I’m sure this is more about US Soccer just being sick of Hope and frankly, so am I. Just don’t get it twisted. This isn’t about Hope’s comments. It’s about Hope. And the fact that you don’t want her around. And the fact that you don’t have another meaningful tournament for three years.
You don’t need her around, so you don’t want her around. I don’t blame you. But just be honest about it. In other words, don’t be a bunch of cowards.