Hope Solo, the controversial goalkeeper for the U.S. Women’s Soccer team, has been suspended from the team for six months because of her “conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles” during the Olympics. Moreover, her contract with the federation was terminated, which could spell the end of Solo’s career with the national team. The “conduct” the federation refers to were comments the 35-year-old goalie made after the U.S. team lost to Sweden during the Rio Olympics quarterfinals in a penalty shootout, calling out the Swedish defensive playing style by labeling them “a bunch of cowards.” The remarks earned her widespread criticism for a lack of sportsmanship, including from her own teammates. It is not the first time the player was at the heart of a controversy either. In 2014, she was arrested on domestic violence charges, and she was banned for 30 days in 2015 after her husband’s was charged with drunk driving a borrowed team van that Solo was also riding in. “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,” the organization’s president, Sunil Gulati, said in a statement. Solo responded in a statement, issued by her publicist saying she was saddened by the decision. “I could not be the player I am without being the person I am, even when I haven’t made the best choices or said the right things,” Solo said. “My entire career, I have only wanted the best for this team, for the players and the women’s game and I will continue to pursue these causes with the same unrelenting passion with which I play the game.”
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