Controversy has arisen at the 2012 Olympic Games as Team USA goalie Hope Solo took to Twitter to criticize former player Brandi Chastain.
"Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago," Solo tweeted.
The problems came when Chastain, a commentator for the 2012 Summer Olympics, made some critical comments about Team USA's play. Solo, a team leader, took it upon herself to defend her play. For her part, Chastain would not be led into a sparring match with the brash young player.
"I'm here to do my job, which is to be an honest and objective journalist at the Olympics, nothing more than that," the former U.S. star said.
While Solo was not punished for her social media outburst, her coach said that all the U.S. soccer players need to understand they are representing the United States and learn to take criticism in a more professional way.
"Everybody is entitled to have their opinion. Sometimes you are criticized and that is life," U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said. "We have a choice as players, coaches and staff, the way we respond to things."
The outburst can have a negative effect on Solo as the 2012 Olympic Games continue. By lashing out at a commentator, she seems to come across a little self-conscious and defensive about her weaknesses. She went on to tweet that it is hard for fans to enjoy the game when a commentator is critical, falsely claiming Chastain called Solo the game's "worst defender."
It also doesn't help that Solo seemed to pout about it later in the day, continuing her rants on Twitter for the public to see.
"I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute, especially bc @arlowhite is fantastic.@brandichastain should be helping 2 grow the sport," Solo tweeted.
Reading the comments to that last tweet reveals that her own Twitter followers are starting to turn on her. It is not Chastain that is making it hard for fans to enjoy the games, it is the angry ranting of one of their key players.
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