A New Mexico University soccer player whose dirty play against BYU became an Internet sensation is apologizing for her actions. The YouTube video of Elizabeth Lambert punching, kicking, elbowing and pulling the hair of her opponents has been seen more than 6 million times.
Lambert broke her silence to The New York Times, telling the newspaper:
“I still deeply regret it and will always regret it and will carry it through the rest of my life not to retaliate. I look at it and I'm like, 'That is not me'. I have so much regret. I can't believe I did that.
"I think the way the video came out, it did make me look like a monster. That's not the type of player I am. I'm not just out there trying to hurt players. That's taking away from the beauty of the game. And I would never want to do that."
Lambert said she was deluged with calls and letters after the video went viral. Some of those were threats, but others came from men who wanted to ask her out. She was disgusted by both. In the interview, she tried to analyze why her actions became so infamous:
"I definitely feel because I am a female it did bring about a lot more attention than if a male were to do it. It's more expected for men to go out there and be rough. The female, we're still looked at as, 'Oh, we kick the ball around and score a goal.' But it's not. We train very hard to reach the highest level we can get to. The physical aspect has maybe increased over the years. I'm not saying it's for the bad or it's been too overly aggressive. It's a game. Sports are physical."
While Lambert said some of her actions were part of normal, physical play, she is seeing a sports psychologist to better understand what caused the hair pulling incident.
Read the original story on OpposingViews.com: New Mexico vs. BYU Women's Soccer Game Turns Rough and Nasty