HOPE SOLO SUSPENDED FOR 6 MONTHS OVER OFFENSIVE COMMENTS FOLLOWING US LOSS TO SWEDEN IN THE OLYMPICS

Hope Solo

The USWNT has levied a serious punishment for Hope Solo for her comments after the loss to Sweden at the Rio Olympics. On Wednesday, the USWNT announced that Solo would be suspended for six months for “conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles.”  That suspension would go into effect immediately.

US Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in the statement:

“The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players. Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions.”

“Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we’ve had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action.”

Hope will have to wait until February 2017 to be “eligible for selection” for the US Women’s National Team, according to the statement.