Hope Solo is not backing down from her criticism of Olympic commentator Brandi Chastain, even after being punished for it. Read on to find out why she’s standing by her remarks.
Hope Solo says she does not regret her Twitter outrage over Olympic commentator Brandi Chastain’s reportage last week.
Solo, who celebrates her 31st birthday today, briefly addressed the uproar during the US Women’s Soccer team tour of Old Trafford stadium, where they will compete against North Korea tomorrow.
“It’s not about what made me unhappy,” Solo said. “It’s not about one game. I have my beliefs that the best commentators and the best analysts should be analyzing come Olympics, come World Cups, and it’s only my opinion. You can take it or leave it, to be honest, so it’s my opinion, and I think analysts and commentators should bring energy and excitement and passion for the game, and a lot of knowledge, and I think it’s important to help build the game, and I don’t think Brandi has that.”
“It’s just my opinion, and nothing else really matters, to be honest,” she continued. “What matters is tomorrow’s game against North Korea, playing at Old Trafford. The team’s excited. It’s my birthday. I don’t really care to answer any other questions about Brandi.”
The commentator raised the ire of the team’s most outspoken player during the game with Colombia Saturday.
Chastain, a former Olympic champion herself, said she was simply doing her job as an “honest and objective journalist at the Olympics.”
Solo received a bit of a talking to from coach Pia Sundhage and the team captains for her actions, being told that what she says affects the team image and she needs to focus on playing, not tweeting. However, the coach stopped short of forbidding her from using the social media network for the remainder of the games.