Hope Solo: Should She Stay or Should She Go?
For the last two weeks, my social media pages, and I'm sure yours, have been flooded with questions of why Hope Solo gets to continue to represent not only her club, but her country.
She will be facing domestic violence charges in November of which there is as much evidence concerning her case against her half sister and 17-yeard old nephew last summer as there is concerning NFL star Adrian Peterson and his charges of child neglect against his son.
It is no secret that women have not had it easy when it comes to equality on the pitch. For one thing, men's soccer started nearly a century before the US women achieved their own national team.
While reading these articles related to Solo's charges, I noticed that some of the authors are claiming because she is a woman they are being easier on her; others are saying that a family “brawl” is different than the violence displayed by Peterson and other NFL star Ray Rice.
It seems to me the majority of people's problems go to the gender differences. I wonder if a male soccer player were to be in Hope Solo’s shoes if he would be getting the same treatment from the soccer association? Or if he were to be given the same treatment, where would the authors of these articles go to for blame then, or would they even care? Does it really have to do with gender equality or just a difference in the rules between each sport?
The fact is that she is a woman and it is hard to ignore the gender difference. It is also hard to ignore the fact that Nike thought it was necessary to suspend their contract with Peterson while Solo’s has not been touched.
I do not believe this should be about picking a side though: Hope Solo vs Adrian Peterson, Soccer vs Football, Man vs Women. No, this debate should be about all joining the same team of gender equality and making an effort to make it a number one priority in every aspect of our lives in our country for not only fair pay and equal jobs, but even when dealing with the negative repercussions.
If it doesn’t start in the sports arena, where will it start?
All of that being said I believe Hope Solo should be held to the same standards as a male athlete would be held, whether that means Solo is suspended until her November court date or if Peterson's punishment is lessened.
I am in no position to dole out any punishments since I do not have most of the necessary facts, but I do believe that the people who are looking at these cases should be looking at the cases rather than the gender of the accused.
What are your thoughts?