The U.S. soccer team was right to terminate its contract with world renowned goalkeeper Hope Solo.
Solo made questionable comments after the U.S. women’s soccer team lost to the Swedish women’s team during the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to The Atlantic. Solo called the Swedish players “a bunch of cowards” after losing what many people have called a “conservative” game.
Sweden beat the U.S. and Brazil in shootouts, scoring a combined total of four regulation game points in each game, according to SB Nation. Kevin McCauley, SB Nation writer, said, “They're packing 10 players behind the ball and refusing to take any risks when they attack.”
Regardless, Solo’s comments were not justified.
The Olympics are a celebration of global unity.
A document published by The Olympic Museum states: “The motto embodies excellence by encouraging athletes to strive to do their best. The flame [symbolizes] friendship between peoples with the torch relay usually [traveling] through different countries in the world. The rings represents respect, bringing all nations and all five continents together without discrimination. The principles shown are universality and humanism.”
By calling her opponents “cowards” and demonstrating anger in response to her team’s loss, Solo defied the goals of the Olympic Games.
According to U.S. Soccer’s website, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said, “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.”
The termination of Solo’s contract is especially justified given her history of exhibiting a hot temper.
Solo was arrested for assaulting two of her family members in 2014, The Atlantic reports. Though her success as an athlete has trumped her off-putting behavior in the past, her recent disrespect of the Olympic Games crossed the line for U.S. Soccer officials.
Also noted by the Atlantic is the overwhelming support fans and the general counsel for the women's team, who do not want to see this talented goalkeeper's career come to an end, have shown Solo.
Counsel representative Rich Nichols said he would appeal Solo’s suspension, claiming that it represents a violation of her first amendment rights to free speech.
Solo has been suspended from all of U.S. Soccer for six months, at least.
“Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we’ve had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action," officials said in an Aug. 24 statement.
Solo is not fit to serve as a role model. The United States Soccer Team is right to take her out of the spotlight and, finally, punish her for unfavorable behavior.