July 31st, 2012

Hope Solo: Not Shying Away

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In a recent interview with ESPN magazine, Hope Solo confessed to being drunk during a 2008 Today show interview, just after the USWNT had picked up the gold medal.

The American goalie’s ability to simultaneously defy the laws of sobriety and maintain her composure is an admirable character trait that we hope to possess ourselves someday. On the flip, Hope’s conflict with former USWNT player/current TV presenter, Brandi Chastain, is giving us a massive migraine.

Whose side are you on in this she said/she said war of (partially tweeted) words, Kickettes?

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21 Responses to “Hope Solo: Not Shying Away”

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  2. adel says:

    Love Hope for stating her opinion! and she's actually right. It is painful listening to Brandi commentate. I want to mute it every time! She only talks about the US. I wanna know about these other amazing teams like France and Japan that we never get any coverage of and she's just not knowledable about any of that.

    If it were Kobe, Drew Brees, or any of these popular male athletes that would have said this, it would not be seen in the same light.

    Hate to say this but back in 2007 no one was talking about USWNT or world cup until the controversy of Hope Solo. Then all of a sudden they were on ESPN. It wasn't positive but at least they were being talked about.

  3. xoWinnie says:

    her arrogance rubs me the wrong way, but she can really put her money where her mouth is when it comes down to it. she does things on her own terms, so more power to her. at the same time, she really needs to watch her mouth. you can share a strong opinion without coming off like such a snob.

  4. Sahar says:

    I’m sorry the job of a commentator is to comment and critique a performance. Brandi is doing her job. Hope needs to focus on her job. I’m not saying Brandi is a saint. I’m just saying a commentator is suppose to do that. Hope can criticize Brandi it is her fight. However Hope is a hypocrite. It is far worse to criticize teammates and coach in public. She is a hypocrite. Also she is drumming up publicty for her book. Also rumor was no one liked her in Dancing With the Stars. Her attitude on Dancing with the Stars was awful.

  5. Ioe says:

    Hope's got an attitude problem, but let's not go canonizing the '99ers. As much as I love them, they had their own issues. It's fortunate social media was not a big thing back then. And it's true that Brandi's commentary is rather off-center. Although commentary is never truly objective, her only point of reference seems to be herself and her generation. Brandi needs to remember that a large part of the audience, and the future, of US women's soccer are in their mid-teens. Half of them never even saw the "99ers" in their prime. It's time to look ahead.

    I can understand if there's some residual ill feeling on Brandi's part because her generation never got the kind of popularity (and sponsorships, premature book deals, etc.) that Hope and Alex's batch are enjoying. That's just how it is. But Brandi and Mia and the rest of them are practically sainted, as evident from many of the comments I've read in response to this story, so that's more than a lot.

    That being said, Hope really should learn to reign it in. Personally, I have no issues about the comments she made the drinking (and sex in the Olympic Village, etc.) because this kind of behavior has always existed in the background of sports, it just hasn't been aired out much. But I do have an issue with her blasting Brandi on Twitter the way she did. Sure, she has a right to defend her team, but she could have chosen her words more carefully. Better yet, I think the proper thing would have been for her to contact Brandi and let her have a piece of her mind in a private conversation.

    Well, we'll just have to see if the fallout from this changes her public behavior. Honestly though, I wouldn't hold my breath. Besides, I suppose someone on the team has to be THAT girl. If Alex is the sweet, perfect one and Abby is the tough, no-nonsense one, then Hope just naturally fits into the role of the loud, uncontrollable one, doesn't she? ;-)

  6. Bella says:

    I don't think Solo was out of line. If you listened to Chastain's commentary they really are too much centered around herself too much – as fantastic a player she was and incredible a team she was on. More to the point, in an effort to seem objective many commentators are too critical of the teams/countries they played for and she has certainly been picking at the U.S. team to the point that her commentary is annoying, and I would say that about a commentator in relationship to any squad. It doesn't surprise me that someone on the team finally lost her temper.
    In people's response to Solo with these comments there's a sense that she is not being lady-like enough – NOT the comments on kickette of course.
    I felt that even more strongly during the overwhelming response to her comments after the U.S. loss in the 2007 World Cup. Those were made moments after the loss, when a microphone was shoved in her face and she was aggressively pressed to respond to a specific question. She apologized to her team following the outburst – even though it had been 100% accurate – and was still treated horribly afterwards. She was not allowed on the winners stand for the trophy presentation or to travel back to the States with the rest of the team. Instigated and fueled by the coach at the time, I would say that Solo's immaturity was the least of the problem.
    She's a fantastic goal keeper and yes, compare the response to her tweet to the lack of response to the bile her male counterparts regulalyr provide us with. They're considered spirited.
    As Tashinka says, Hope's stubbornness makes her a great goalie, she is after all her teams chief defender!

  7. Cali says:

    Hope Solo is a selfish, egomaniacal drama queen who needs to shut the **** up and do her job. Brandi Chastain IS doing her job, and so many of us have proud memories of the 1999 WC win and her achievements for our country. Hope Solo needs a therapist. And I don't mean physio.

  8. SillyGoat says:

    Hope is really getting out of control talking about having one night stands and getting drunk. Most athletes do it, but are smart enough to keep quiet. She's screwing herself because female soccer players make most of their money from endorsements. I'm sure that Nike really does not want their spokeswoman going around talking about how slutty she is or running her mouth to Brandi, a past decorated athlete and current successful commentator. Cool it or lose it, Hope.

    • xoWinnie says:

      she had one night stands, as is apparently the norm at these events for ALL the athletes…1) how does that make her "slutty" and 2) does that in turn mean that all the other female athletes are "sluts"? Ryan Lochte made similar comments and I don't hear anyone making preachy comments about him being a "mah-whore".

      • drea says:

        Ryan Lochte's MOTHER went on Today and told everyone that her son only has one-night stands because he doesn't have time to commit. LOL So yeah, I think people should ease off Hope for being honest about that.

      • mena says:

        Um, they kinda are saying that Ryan Lochte is a man-whore. Ever since his mom told the media that Ryan's training only leaves time for flings & one-night stands, pretty much every comment section I've read has been full of fans saying how turned off they are by that. No doubt, potential sponsors have noticed. Since then, both Ryan and his mom have majorly backtracked & tried to downplay what she said about his love life.

        For sure it's common knowledge that elite athletes get a lot of "off field" action. But, there is a lot to be said for being discreet. When an athlete publicly brags to the media about his/her own conquests, they look like an ass and that's kinda what Hope Solo looked like after she proudly admitted to a drunken one-night stand with some celebrity World Cup groupie.

        Hope is free to mess things up for her own public image, but she dragged the rest of the USWNT into it too.

        Just another eyerolling moment in a long list of eyerolling moments where Hope Solo is concerned.

  9. OhDear says:

    Some newspapers are speculating that she did this in part to drum up publicity for her new book.

  10. Sahar says:

    Hope is a hypocrite. She talks about her own teammate and coach in public but gets mad at a commentator. She is all about self promotion

  11. Mel says:

    This is not the first time she's been under fire for her comments. I remember all to well the 2007 World Cup where she was left on the bench against Brazil and Brianna Scurry replaced her pretty much because of who she was.
    Thanks to wikiepdia here is what she said: "It was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that. There's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. And the fact of the matter is it's not 2004 anymore. It's not 2004. And it's 2007, and I think you have to live in the present. And you can't live by big names. You can't live in the past. It doesn't matter what somebody did in an Olympic gold medal game in the Olympics three years ago. Now is what matters, and that's what I think."

    While I agreed with her I did not like how she handled herself at all and thought it was really inappropriate, disrespectful comment to make.

  12. lia says:

    Arrogant the lots of them typical!

  13. Rossanera says:

    Hope Solo is a tremendous athlete. She's phenomenally talented. She's also an arrogant, infantile brat. Her continuous tantrums detract from her talent and from what should be a focus on her team. Case in point: her Twitter outburst has completely eclipsed any discussion of what was a stellar performance by the USWNT against Colombia; the focus of coverage has been her and her antics. There's nothing wrong with being outspoken and being firm in one's convictions, but Hope just comes across as a petulant child. It just seems like attention-seeking behaviour to me and not "sticking up for the team".

  14. drea says:

    Hope's being agro in the Brandi situation, but what do you expect from someone who's in the thick of an Olympic battle, one which so many people are expecting her team to win? I get the feeling that if Twitter had existed back in the day of the 99ers and Brandi had been in Hope's situation, she would've probably reacted the same way. Hell, Mia would've joined in.

  15. April says:

    I wished she hadnt taken the direction that she did in her tweets. She could have made a comment toward Chastain to put her in her place without making herself look so… childish? about it. I don't mind her being bold and speaking her mind, I just wish she'd choose her words and such more carefully. This instance didnt really see her come out on top. :(

  16. bcevans says:

    who wouldnt celebrate after winning a gold? and that was four years ago? why bring it up now? I love Brandi but it's not about her anymore – despite all she's done for the sport. if it wasn't for them and the '99ers, would we have a hope solo? still – it's not about them anymore! I agree with Hope – I'd get sick of hearing about the '99ers if I was on the currently USWNT. and I agree with above – guys in sports do things much worse than this, all the time – but solo gets dubbed a 'diva' for it.

  17. gabrielle says:

    I’m happy she said something. I only found out about the kerfuffle by looking up “Brandi Chastain shut up.” Her analysis on NBC’s broadcasts have been irritating and sophomoric. Husband was sick of me screaming “shut up Brandi!”

    That said she’s been a bit quieter today. Message received?

  18. Tashinka says:

    I think she sounded a little… petulant? Is that the right word? But she's a stubborn gal, and the fact that she refuses to back down makes her a good keeper. So who am I to complain?

    Besides, it pales in comparison to some of the sh!te that male 'ballers have said in public.