After a Greek athlete was let go for sharing her comments on Twitter, Hope Solo decided to do the same today. This time, she was commenting on an announcer.
And today is no different.
“Hope Solo is the best women’s goalkeeper in the world,” said the LA Times. “Yet she continues to make more news with her words than with her play.”
Today on Twitter she used those words to embroil herself in a good old fashioned cat fight with an Olympic announcer.
“Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game,” she wrote this afternoon on Twitter. Then, three minutes later, she added: “Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated. The game has changed from a decade ago.”
She tagged Brandi Chastain in both posts, who was the announcer commentating on the game. Chastain is a former player who helped the U.S. win a shootout over China in the 1999 World Cup.
According to the LA Times, the attacks from Solo were about a comment Chastain had made about fellow player Rachel Buehler, saying she was “playing too carelessly.”
“Its important 2 our fans 2 enjoy the spirit of the olympics,” Solo tweeted a few minutes after her first tweets. “Its not possible when sum1 on air is saying that a player is the worst defender! I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute, especially bc @arlowhite is fantastic. @brandichastain should be helping 2 grow the sport.”
The LA Times said that after a Greek athlete had been let go by her team after posting inappropriate comments, the U.S. coach had been asked about if they had warned their athletes about posting thoughts to social media.
“Sundhage, who has a Twitter account of her own, smiled and said no,” said the LA Times.
A spokesman for the U.S. team was asked the question again today after Solo’s comments. He responded with “We don’t have anything to say about it.”
The tweets are still up on Solo’s Twitter page.