2016 Rio Olympics

Hope Solo Olympics Scandal prompts US team to axe player

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Hope Solo

After calling the Swedish Women’s soccer team a “bunch of cowards” at the Olympics, it comes to no surprise that Hope Solo has met much flack from fans, fellow athletes and peers. Among the latest backlash she has received was a six-month suspension from the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT).

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Citing “conduct that is counter to the organization’s (U.S. Soccer) principles,” as the reason for her suspension, the ban will also prevent Solo from being part of a selection for the USWNT until February 2017.

“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 their release. “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.”

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Meanwhile, Solo has already reacted to the decision of U.S. Soccer, clearly saddened by the decision of the sports organization.

“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,” 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.”

The full statement can be seen in the Tweet below.

Apart from the suspension, the soccer player’s national team contract was also terminated possibly axing the soccer star’s national team career, which has already spanned more than a decade, three World Cups and three Olympic Games.

Hopefully, if Solo does return, she will know when to keep her mouth shut.

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