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Olympics: Not so sweet Hope Solo tweetsJuly 29, 2012 @ 2:03 pm (Updated: 6:15 pm - 7/29/12 )
Northwest native Hope Solo met with the coach and captains of the U.S. women's soccer team today after she went on a Twitter rant criticizing a former U.S. player.
Solo will not be disciplined for the series of tweets against Brandi Chastain's TV commentary during the NBC broadcast of the Americans' 3-0 win over Colombia Saturday.
Chastain, one of the most accomplished players in U.S. team history, did not respond to Solo's tweets.
She told the Associated Press, "I'm here to do my job, which is to be an honest and objective journalist at the Olympics, nothing more than that."
Chastain criticized defender Rachel Buehler for giving the ball away, noting it was something Buehler would have to work on.
Among Solo's tweets, which she hasn't deleted:
"Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game."
She also told Chastain to "lay off commentating about defending" and goalkeeping "until you get more educated" and "the game has changed from a decade ago."
Solo's U.S. team plays the North Koreans on Tuesday in a game that will determine pairings for the quarterfinals. Co-captain Abby Wambach said today's meeting between Solo and the coaches "lasted about five minutes." Solo told a reporter her coach didn't even talk about discipline for the tweet.
The team said Solo will be available for comment Monday.
Solo's mouth has gotten her in trouble before. Five years ago, Solo expressed an opinion that made her the recipient of the starkest punishment ever dealt to a U.S. women's national team player. She was kicked off the squad at the 2007 World Cup after she criticized then-coach Greg Ryan for benching her for the semifinals.
Here's something to consider - maybe Hope Solo is right. If she can back up her opinion, why can't she express it? Male athletes do it all the time. Is there a double standard for women?
Or are the Olympic games much more civilized than other sports events, meaning one must keep mum and avoid upsetting other individuals, teams and countries?
By LINDA THOMAS
Photo from Hope Solo's twitter account
Related: Social Media guide to the Olympics
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