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SBD/July 30, 2012/Olympics
Hope Solo Will Not Be Disciplined For Twitter Rant Against NBC's Brandi Chastain
Published July 30, 2012
HOPE FLOATS: YAHOO SPORTS’ Dan Wetzel wrote of Solo, “Controversy has helped make her a breakout star of soccer. She's not naive.” There was “little attention being paid to the team thus far,” so Solo “decided to go on Twitter and blast” Chastain (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/28). In DC, Sally Jenkins wrote what the rant “really seems to be about is the fact that Solo has a new book out, and she’s going down market.” It may also be about Solo’s “irritation at the enduring presence of Chastain.” Jenkins: “The most disappointing aspect of Solo’s behavior is that it suggests she hasn’t learned as much as she could have from players like Chastain” (WASHINGTON POST, 7/29). NBCSPORTS.com’s Steve Davis wrote Solo “looks rather petty in this one.” Chastain had “lots of good and a few bad things to say” about the team’s performance on Saturday. The rant could be this “new guard” and “old guard” issue at work (NBCSPORTS.com, 7/28). ESPNW’s Kate Fagan wrote Solo’s “leadership skills need a complete overhaul.” Her Twitter rant was “all kinds of wrong; and the odd part is that she seems to think of herself as brave, a brash voice willing to say what everyone else is too timid to verbalize” (espnW.com, 7/29). ESPNW’s Julie Foudy, a former U.S. women's soccer player, wrote, “My initial reaction when I read the tweets? Sadness. Not anger, not outrage, just an overwhelming sense of sadness” (espnW.com, 7/29).