The US Soccer announced Wednesday the suspension of goalkeeper Hope Solo from the women?s national team for a period of six months and terminated her contract as well.
The latest suspension comes due to the controversial remarks Solo made after the United States lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics on August 12.
The 35-year old Solo labelled Sweden ?cowards? after loss in a penalty-kick shootout, which ended the Americans? bid for a fourth straight Olympics gold medal.
?We played a bunch of cowards. The better team did not win today. I strongly believe that.?
Solo?s response was fueled by what she called the Swedish team?s conservative tactics and overtly defensive game. Her comments were widely criticized which directly resulted in her suspension.
?The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players,? U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said.
However, this is not the first time Hope has been suspended. Though a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a World Cup gold medalist, Solo is not new to controversy and has remained in media limelight for all the wrong reasons.
Last year, U.S. Soccer had served Solo a 30 days suspension order after her husband was arrested on drunken-driving charges while both were in a borrowed team van.
Solo who was with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, started arguing with police when the authorities stopped him on suspicion of driving under the influence.
In 2014, Solo, was arrested on charges of assaulting two family members, what police described was described as an alcohol-fueled confrontation with her half sister and teenage nephew. Solo was charged with two counts of fourth-degree misdemeanor assault but ultimately the case was dismissed by the judge.
In 2012, Solo bashed NBC Sports analyst Brandi Chastain for her negative commentary during the 2012 London games.
Though U.S. women’s soccer team beat Colombia 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals, Chastain gave the team’s performance an “A-minus” because of defensive issues, inviting ire from Solo.
She tweeted: ?Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago.?
Solo was also publicly warned by The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency before the 2012 Games after she tested positive for a banned diuretic – Canrenone. Solo told the agency that she had been prescribed a premenstrual medication by her physician and didn?t know that it contained a banned substance. The agency accepted Solo’s explanation, and allowed her to compete in the 2012 Olympics.