Megan Rapinoe, one of the most experienced players on the U.S. women’s national team, did not like what Hope Solo had to say after the team lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals at the Olympics.
Solo took heat for calling the Swedish team a “bunch of cowards.”
Full Hope Solo quote on Sweden after US was eliminated from the Olympics today. pic.twitter.com/UZVCAeur6m
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) August 12, 2016
It was undoubtedly not a great way to take a loss, and Rapinoe spoke out against it (via For The Win):
“I mean really disappointed to be honest,” she said when asked about her reaction to the comments. “That’s not our team, that’s not what this team has always been, that’s not what this team will be in the future.
“It’s frustrating sometimes as an athlete, you’re thrust into the spotlight and you know I think this team has always done a really amazing job of understanding that we have this incredible platform, let’s do something good with it. Let’s be badass, let’s be fierce, let’s be competitive. But we’re gracious, we’re humble and we play the game a certain way — whether we win or lose. And we’ve been on the winning side quite a bit and when we find ourselves on the other side we need to handle that graciously and unfortunately that wasn’t the case.”
Rapinoe wasn’t the only member of the team to speak out against what Solo had to say. Alex Morgan spoke with USA TODAY’s Nicole Auerbach, and said about Solo’s comments, “I feel like those are opinions I don’t share.”
It’s more than understandable that her teammates would feel such a way. There have been some memorable sore losers across sports, but what Hope Solo said was not alright in any way, and is a poor display for the the U.S. women’s national team.