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WasHopeSolo'spunishmenttooharsh?

Carmen Mackins
Carmen Mackins PR & Writing Consultant
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Hope Solo got suspended for a year after she  comment she made after the US women's soccer team lost to Sweden in Rio.

When talking about the game, she said the way Sweden's team played “was very cowardly. But they won. They’re moving on, and we’re going home.”

When doling out her sentence, the U.S. Soccer organization released a statement about the suspension: 

“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,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “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, 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.”

As a result of the suspension, Solo will not be eligible for selection to the U.S. Women’s National Team until February of 2017.

Do you think that was too severe?

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  • Estelle Juarez

    This seems so harsh. Saying something like that doesn't even seem that serious, why did they react so poorly?

    This seems so harsh. Saying something like that doesn't even seem that serious, why did they react so poorly?


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A New Yorker from day one, Carmen Mackins always had an interested in writing and understanding how people think. Her time as a Communication Studies major and Social Psychology minor at Northwestern University has greatly developed the way she does both. She is low-key obsessed with sunglasses, [...]

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