The racism and sexism of the Olympics have been on full display since Ryan Lochte was found to have lied about being robbed at gunpoint, with the swimmer receiving no punishment whatsoever from authorities. Meanwhile, soccer legend Hope Solo has been suspended for six months for making a snide comment about an opponent's team.
After losing to Sweden at Rio, Solo openly called her adversaries "a bunch of cowards" which certainly seems like a less severe infraction than engaging in a literal international crime and then making up an audacious story to cover it up. But Solo isn't a good looking white man impervious to repercussions for her own actions, so she'll be facing a rather severe penalty, unlike fellow American transgressor, Ryan Lochte.
"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," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement Wednesday. "Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions."
"Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope," Gulati added, "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."
Gulati is referring to the last time Solo was reprimanded, in 2015, also over her conduct, which included a domestic violence charge in 2014, a DUI, run-ins with the police, and disrespecftul language towards teammates, coaches, and fans.
"For 17 years, I dedicated my life to the U.S. Women's National Team and did the job of a pro-athlete the only way I knew how — with passion, tenacity, an unrelenting commitment to be the best goalkeeper in the world, not just for my country but to elevate the sport for the next generation of female athletes," Solo said in a statement. "In those commitments, I have never wavered. And with so much more to give, I am saddened by the Federation's decision to terminate my contract."
Solo plans on appealing the ridiculous decision, with her representative noting the dissonance in the way male and female athletes are treated by authorities: "Given the cited conduct and alleged policy violation, we believe the proposed discipline to be excessive, unprecedented, disproportionate and a violation of Ms. Solo's First Amendment rights," said her spokesperson. "We also 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. Needless to say, we will file an appeal on Ms. Solo's behalf."
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