Hope Solo accuses everyone of beating her, hawks new book
It is pretty safe to say that Hope Solo is one of the most famous female athletes in the world.
A keeper for the hugely popular U.S. Women’s National Team, Solo finds other ways to build up her fame, whether it be through her off-field comments, nude photoshoots, or ballroom dancing on national tv.
If you are in the camp that believes a 30-something head case would have enough wisdom to bestow upon the public, then you might be interested in reading her memoire titled Solo: A Memoir of Hope.
If the moniker wordplay in the title isn’t enough to sell the book, then perhaps her stories about her alcoholic mother and sometimes-homeless Vietnam veteran father (who passed away in ‘08), Olympic village antics, or determined trek to the top are things that would catch your attention.
Solo’s not banking on it, though.
No, Solo has decided to litter her memoire with accusations of different men being abusive to her to drum up attention for her new book. Because why rely on the story of your life to move the novel when you could throw your coach or a pseudo-celebrity under the bus years after the fact?
In her book, Solo accuses the USWNT coach at the time, Greg Ryan, of shoving her “hard” when she got up to leave. Keep in mind this is the same guy who sat her in the 2007 World Cup, which resulted in one of Solo’s most bratty and immature mini-tirades to date.
Even if I were to put my common sense to the side for the moment and neglect the insanely large axe she has to grind regarding this guy, I still couldn’t get my head around the fact that she would wait five years to say anything about it. And even if he so much as touched her, shoved her, whatever her completely unbiased hindsight remembers the case to be, then what? What does this accomplish? And who really cares? Nobody that has ever played a sport in their life cares, but the authorities will. I can tell you one thing for sure: McKayla Maroney, along with the entire USA gymnastics team, is not impressed.
But it doesn’t even stop there. Solo also accuses her Dancing With The Stars dancing partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, of slapping her and generally being abusive through the entire competition. Again, are we supposed to be surprised that a Urkrainian, ulta-intense dancer bent her arm into position when it was wrong? Was he supposed to have kittens on-call that could lick her into proper positioning? This is about as shocking to me as learning NFL defenses would allegedly put a bounty on a player. Ya, it’s effing football.
Furthermore, to even think “it is just part of the sport” would be to concede that everything Solo is saying is legitimate or true. If DWTS tapes everything, I’d assume it’d have surfaced. Celebs in Hollywood can’t so much as take out their trash without a photo being taken, I think a full-on slap would have at least drawn the attention of producers. She said she was offered another dancer but “didn’t want to end Maks’ career.” Ok, Solo, then what is this? Get your story straight and then we’ll talk.
I’ll admit, I’d never had any intention of reading her book from the start, but now that I know that her media blitz is fully focused on trying to destroy the reputation of others solidifies that nothing else in her book is more interesting.
It’s sad that opportunism is more important to one of America’s favorite sports stars than integrity, but it’s not unexpected. And as for Solo’s future after this stunt, I’m guessing she won’t have a hope. Boom.