U.S. Soccer’s lawsuit against the U.S,. women’s team backfired in ways unimaginable on Thursday (Feb. 4), when it was discovered that exhibits attached to the suit inadvertently included personal information about many of the players, including their home addresses and email accounts.
Sam Borden and Andrew Das of The New York Times have the story.
Those whose privacy was violated by U.S. Soccer’s mistake, according to The Times, included Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach , Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, and Hope Solo — not just major stars of the U.S. team, but some of the most famous athletes in the world.
The women were, understandably, outraged.
“The players are very, very upset,” Megan Rapinoe said. ” We feel disrespected. We feel that our personal information, our privacy and our safety was handled frivolously and with real negligence. I doubt it was purposeful, but it’s an egregious error, and one that’s unacceptable.”
U.S. Soccer apologized and immediately corrected its mistake.
Kind of like it did when it booked the U.S. women’s team into a stadium in Hawaii with a demonstrably unsafe playing field.