Hope Solo is not only a great soccer goalie and all-around fun to watch on the field -- she's always seemed like the type of person who would be a blast to hang around with. She's outspoken and not afraid to put herself out there, like posing naked for ESPN, go on Dancing With the Stars, and kick soccer balls at cabs with David Letterman. What a riot! But then she kinda got caught up in that doping thing she managed to talk her way out of, and started talking about what goes on at those Olympic parties, and it makes you go hmmm. And now this very silly Twitter cat fight between Solo and commenter Brandi Chastain. One starts to consider that maybe it's time to consider hopping off that fan wagon.
In a very mature move, Solo took to Twitter yesterday to complain about some comments that Chastain, the NBC commenter for women's soccer, was making about Team USA's defense and goalkeeping -- i.e. -- Solo. What's really weird is that Chastain is not just some random sports announcer that never played the sport, she was the hero of the 1999 Women's World Cup, you know, the one that got the game-winning goal and ripped her shirt off at the end of the game? Yeah, she was a really good player who, I think it's safe to say, knows the game pretty intimately.
Solo basically attacked someone in her own family. Solo has always been a little touchy when it comes to criticism, as a lot of athletes are, but this just seems so high school. After all, the women's team won the first two games, the first one against France 4-2, and yesterday's game against Colombia 3-0. There was really no reason for comments like this:
"Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game @brandichastain! #fb"
"Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago. #fb"
The Olympics doesn't need this type of attention, and Solo has to learn to channel her frustration/anger/jealousy/forthcoming book publicity stunt ... whatever, on the field and not in social media.
Chastain hasn't responded so far, and probably won't. She should just keep on calling them as she sees them and let Solo have her little high school rants. Actions -- even the action of not reacting -- speak much louder than words, like this, Chastain's famous goal. It's always worth seeing this again and again. Could you have blocked this one, Hope Solo?
Are you becoming a little less enamoured of Hope Solo after hearing this?
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