“I’ve learned a lot of lessons down the road.” Hope Solo said in an interview that aired last week on 60 Minutes Sports.
But as Matt Bonesteel writes in The Washington Post, what the interview proved was “that she’s learned nothing since the events of last year.”
Here’s a preview. To watch the whole thing, I think, you have to be a Showtime subscriber.
According to Norah O’Donnell, who conducted the interview, Solo called U.S. coach Jill Ellis “a poor leader and a bad tactician” — although, for some reason, those comments weren’t shown.
Solo also claimed that she was suspended by U.S. Soccer not for her serial embarrassing missteps, culminating with her calling the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards” but, rather, because she’s been at the forefront of the struggle for equal pay.
Never mind that the other American players leading that fight include Becky Sauerbrunn and Carli Lloyd, the team’s universally admired co-captains; and Alex Morgan, possibly the most beloved personality in the women’s game since Mia Hamm.
Funny. No one’s suspended them.
Solo sees herself as a courageous fighter, fearlessly honest, and unapologetically passionate.
But as Bonesteel writes, she continues to confuse “passion with loutishness. And so she does things like disparage the coach who will decide whether to take her back and lob unfounded accusations against the body that suspended her for ample reason.”
The critical lesson that Hope Solo has never learned is this:
It is not always a good idea to speak your mind. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to keep your yap shut.