In the moments after she was informed that she would be suspended for six months and have her soccer contract terminated, U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo cried into the arms of her husband and slunk to the floor, cursing her suspension. The moment was caught on camera by a film crew making a documentary called “Keeping Score,” and shows Solo in a conference room after she received the news from national head coach Jill Ellis and U.S. Soccer Federation CEO Dan Flynn. The decision to both suspend her from soccer and terminate her contract came as punishment for Solo calling the Swedish national team “a bunch of cowards” after Sweden defeated the U.S. in the Olympics.
“Six-month suspension. No pay. Terminated contract. Effective immediately,” Solo said, hugging husband Jerramy Stevens.“Terminated contract! Not just a suspension!”
“How can they do both?” Stevens says.
“It’s both,” Solo replies. “Seventeen f***in years and it’s over!”
The production company that caught the reaction, Fullscreen, says it has more footage to show in an upcoming episode. The U.S. Soccer Federation, in announcing the sanction, noted Solo’s checkered history of controversial statements and behavior.
“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,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement.
Former U.S. soccer star Julie Foudy pointed out in the wake of the suspension that because Solo is only suspended from the national team, which has just two friendly matches on its schedule for the rest of the year, the punishment is “more symbolic than substantive.” Solo can still play on her professional team, the Seattle Reign, though she is on a personal leave from the club at the moment.
Watch the clip released by Fullscreen below:
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