Hope Solo was given a six-month suspension Wednesday by U.S. Soccer for “unacceptable” comments following the U.S. women’s national team’s quarterfinal loss to Sweden during the Rio Olympics. The outspoken goalkeeper described her opponents as “a bunch of cowards” for riding a conservative game plan to an upset win in a shootout.
Solo also had her USWNT contract terminated, getting three months’ severance pay. The executive director of the USWNT Players Association, Rich Nichols, said (via Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl) that it will appeal both the suspension and the termination. Union officials “question whether this action would ever have been taken against a male player or coach, who, in the heated moments after a frustrating defeat, questioned the tactics of the opposing team,” Nichols said.
She shouldn’t be allowed to play for this Country. Good riddance to very very poor sportsmanship.