University of New Mexico women's soccer player Elizabeth Lambert has been suspended indefinitely by the university after her shockingly aggressive and violent actions in a game against Brigham Young Thursday.
Her behavior did not involve just one incident but several, which included kicks and dives toward the legs of players without the ball, elbows to the back and blatant and a blatantly hard and violent hair-pull.
Said Lambert in a statement Friday:
"I am deeply and wholeheartedly regretful for my actions. My actions were uncalled for. I let my emotions get the best of me in a heated situation. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept any punishment felt necessary from the coaching staff and UNM administration."
She did the right thing in making this statement, but it's tough to figure out if she had done that had her actions not gotten so much attention. A clear PR move by Lambert and the university, but it was obviously the best thing to do in this kind of situation.
The analysts on ESPN bring up some good points: how was only one of Lambert's fouls carded? Why didn't any of Lambert's teammates react in any way to the hair-pull? These questions ought to be answered, but they may never be.
Lambert really shouldn't play for the rest of the season, but it will be interesting to see if and when she comes back, and how she acts on the field.