Olympian Hope Solo Will Not Be Punished For Criticizing Brandi Chastain On Twitter

Hope Solo
Even though Voula Papachristou was banned from the Olympics for making a racist joke on Twitter, Hope Solo will not be punished for criticizing former U.S. women’s soccer team player Brandi Chastain.  Solo especially took issue with the way that Brandi Chastain was commentating the game during the team’s 3-0 win over Colombia on Saturday.

“We had a conversation: If you look at the women’s national team, what do you want (people) to see? What do you want them to hear? And that’s where we do have a choice — as players, coaches, staff, the way we respond to certain things,” said Coach Pia Sundhage.

On Twitter, Solo said “Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game.”  Solo also told Chastain to “lay off commentating about defending” until she is more education.  Solo also said “the game has changed from a decade ago.”

Sundhage said that everyone makes mistakes.  “On the field, it’s OK to make a mistake. There’s no such thing as a perfect game. And sometimes you make a mistake outside the field as well. Myself as well. I’ve regretted that I’ve said that or whatever, but at the end of the day if you have good teammates and recognize it and say something that we are proud of, then it is easier to prepare for the next game — because it’s all about the next game.”

Sundhage did not ask Solo to tone down her tweets.  “I don’t punish people. And I don’t know what’s right and wrong.”

Before the Olympics, Solo received the first positive drug test in the history of U.S. women’s soccer over the banned substance Canrenone.  Solo said that the medication was part of a premenstrual prescription from her doctor.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Women’s team will play against North Korea.  The winner of that game will determine who will play in the quarterfinals.

Check out our list of Olympic athletes on Twitter.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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