A video has gone viral that showed U.S. women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo breaking down after receiving her six-month suspension from the U.S. women’s national soccer team. Rumors are swirling that her suspension could be the end of her international career.
TMZ reported that the U.S. women’s national soccer team suspended Solo following her trashing comments against team Sweden during the recent Rio Olympic Games. Solo told reporters that the Swedish team was a “bunch of cowards.” Her statement came after they lost to Sweden via penalty.
“I’m very proud of this team. But I also think we played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly believe that. I think you saw American heart. You saw us give everything we had today,” Solo said as reported by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Whal.
Hope Solo — '17 Years and It's F***ing Over' … Furious Over Punishment (VIDEO) https://t.co/d6lnYNMuwl
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) August 30, 2016
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USA soccer reviewed the comments made and on Aug. 24 decided to suspend the 35-year old goalkeeper. Solo played for the team USA soccer for the last 17 years and all of a sudden everything went to waste. In the video, Solo flips out upon hearing the news and hugged her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens.
“Six-month suspension, no pay, terminated contract effective immediately,” an obvious pissed off Solo said before hugging her husband. “17 f***ing years and it’s over!”
The video is part of a Fullscreen documentary entitled “Keeping Score” that recorded Solo.The documentary will air more footage of the scene during the release of the full episode.
The NY Post reported that Solo’s comment did not go well with US Soccer President Sunil Gulati. Gulati stated that such comments are unacceptable and tarnishes the values by which the USA soccer stands.
Noticeably, this is not the first time that a punishment handed down on Solo for her behavior. Despite the 153 wins in 202 appearances, Solo’s punishment will always overshadow her achievements.
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