Not a good headline…

August 12, 2016 0 Comments

This was the headline on an international paper Friday night:

Sore losers! USA goalie Hope Solo rants ‘we lost to a bunch of cowards’ after women’s soccer team is knocked OUT of Olympics by Sweden in penalty kicks and loses 4-3

A team that has accomplished so much. Four Olympic Gold medals. Three World Cup titles.

But now…they may be remembered as “sore losers” because of one of their teammates.

Sweden knocked USA Women’s soccer team out of the Olympics on penalty kicks.  Moments after the game, goalie Hope Solo had this to say: “we lost to a bunch of cowards. The better team did not win.  I don’t think they’re going to make it far in the tournament. I think it was very cowardly. But they won. They’re moving on, and we’re going home.”

Solo went onto say, “Losing sucks and I’m not very good at it.” Uh…ya think??

My 8-year-old daughter saw that interview. She looked at me and asked, “Why is she acting like that?” I sat there…trying to buy myself some time. I wanted to tell my daughter that what she did was embarrassing for her team…for her country.  I wanted to tell my daughter that I thought it was low-class.  I wanted to tell my daughter how disappointed I was that a stand-out athlete would stoop to that level.  But I didn’t.  Because I am thinking that Hope Solo got caught up in all of the pain and spoke too soon.  (I certainly know I have done it).

So I told her, “She’s hurt. She’s upset. And sometimes when we want something so bad…and we don’t get it…we say things that we really don’t mean. She shouldn’t have done that.  I’m sure she realizes that now.”

I watched Gia’s face.  She looked like something was brewing in her mind when she said, “Wasn’t she the goalie who let them score? Well her teammates aren’t blaming her.  Because they all lost together right? She should probably act like her teammates.”

It’s funny how our children…even at young ages…can spot good behavior.  Sometimes, those “famous” role-models…can teach our children how NOT to act.  And maybe count to 10 before we react to something. (Again, something I need to work on)

It’s also funny how our kids…can be the voice of reason.





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