After the USA Women’s Soccer Team defeated Colombia 3-0 in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, US goalkeeper Hope Solo went on a Twitter tirade against former US soccer standout and hero of the 1999 Women’s World Cup, Brandi Chastain, who was covering the match-up as a commentator for NBC.
Though it isn’t quite clear what set Solo off, clearly she took offense to something Chastain said about the USA’s defense, and the outraged goalie took to Twitter to vent her anger.
She later deleted a tweet she made in response to a former coach who said that Chastain and others are afraid that the new generation of USA women soccer players will “eclipse their legacy,” to which Solo replied, “Some people see through it.”
On Sunday morning, Chastain was asked about Solo’s comments.
However, rather than getting drawn into even more drama, Chastain took the high road, telling a British reporter:
I’m here to do my job, which is to be an honest and objective analyst at the Olympics.
Kudos to Chastain for turning the other check. She is right after all; her job is to be a journalist, and nothing she said was over-the-top.
Solo has long been known for her propensity to say what she thinks, nor does she back down to anyone, which is a great quality for a goalkeeper.
In fact, prior to Solo’s comments, Chastain praised Solo in a television interview. When asked about the goalkeeper, she stated:
She’s a big strong athlete. She’s very coordinated with both feet. She can make big saves and she has a humongous ego. You have to have a goalkeeper that feels she owns the goal. She feels that she can dominate.
Be that as it may, though Solo can’t take back her comments, it would be best for her to apologize and move on and disregard any comments in the future.
The USA Women’s Soccer Team is expected to compete for the gold in London, but in order to stay on course, Hope Solo needs to focus on the task at hand. She is a leader of this team, and she should not allow anything to get in the way of what she and her teammates came to London to do, which is bring home the Olympic gold.