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Hope floats. Maybe even walks on water.
Here we go again. Another professional athlete is charged with domestic violence against family members and both team and league officials give it a pass in the name of "due process."  Only this time, the game is soccer and the athlete is white and female- and there's little outcry about Hope Solo continuing to play while the charges of violence are investigated.

Well, except for this:

Why Hope Solo Should Be Suspended From Team USA -- Immediately

Hope Solo should not be playing right now for the U.S. Women's National soccer team.

Earlier this year, the star keeper was arrested for allegedly attacking her sister and 17-year-old nephew. The police report said Solo was "intoxicated and upset," and she allegedly called her nephew "too fat" to be an athlete. Also according to the report, the boy had blood on his shirt, and his mother (Solo's sister) was visibly injured.

After a flurry of media reports directly after the June altercation -- Solo has a court date set for November -- very little has been said or written in the media about the pending case. After a brief hiatus, Solo quietly went back to playing with her club team, the Seattle Reign, as well as with the national team, which is in the final stages of qualifying for the 2015 Women's World Cup.

To me, that last bit sounds awfully like what we condemned the Minnesota Vikings for, when they tried to reactivate Adrian Peterson after a 30-7 drubbing by New England. "Well, we deplore domestic violence, but we need the wins more!" Only the ensuing outcry led to him going on double-secret-probation status (during which he's still being paid) and the same treatment going to at least one other NFLer with pending charges.

Why is soccer different? The quote from the national team's governing body puts it in virtualy the same terms:

Neil Buethe, director of communications for U.S. Soccer, offered this explanation to USA Today for why Solo is still on the field: "We are aware that Hope is handling a personal situation at this moment. At the same time, she has an opportunity to set a significant record that speaks to her hard work and dedication over the years with the National Team. While considering all factors involved, we believe that we should recognize that in the proper way." (Solo recently broke the women's national team record for shutouts.)

So is Buethe saying that if Solo weren't close to breaking a record, perhaps she wouldn't be playing? Is he insinuating that Solo notching that last shutout is more important than sending a message to young soccer fans that actions have consequences, even if you're this close to setting a record? Finally, the euphemism of "personal situation" downplays the reality of what is happening, which is that Solo is facing charges of domestic violence against two family members, including a minor.

Anger knows no gender, nor does domestic violence.

U.S. Soccer needs to suspend Solo, and it needs to do so immediately.

Personally, I Hope they do.
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warriorsavant From: warriorsavant Date: September 23rd, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Soccer isn't different. The gender of the "alleged perpetrator" (perpetratrix?) is different.
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