11.18.09 8 years ago 8 Comments

Most of us remember that women’s soccer video where that aggressive New Mexico player punched and hair-pulled her way into America’s hearts. Now that player, Elizabeth Lambert, is doing her best to quell the uprising indignation emanating from the media, and not just from the sports world.

“I still deeply regret it and will always regret it and will carry it through the rest of my life not to retaliate,” said Lambert, a 20-year-old junior on scholarship.

“I look at it and I’m like, ‘That is not me,’ ” said Lambert, a defender and an all-conference academic player. “I have so much regret. I can’t believe I did that.” –NY Times.

Lambert also insinuated that what people saw was just a retaliation to the dirty play of Brigham young, and since almost no one chastising Lambert has seen the entire game tape, I’m inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt. How many of us have actually seen an entire game of women’s Division I soccer, and would therefore have a baseline to determine what would qualify as “dirty” play? There’s no context to this video; would Lambert’s play have come off as so outrageous if there was?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to see a woman get famous for doing something besides releasing a sex tape or a sh!tty pop album. But there’s no reason to bury someone for pushing the envelope of rough play. Women’s athletics in general could benefit if more players took a similar approach toward pushing those boundaries.

[Lambert] said she was taken aback at how the incident had been perceived by some as sexy catfighting between two women. She said she was aghast that some men had sent her messages saying, “Hey, we should meet up some time.”

“That appalled me,” Lambert said. “A lot of people think I have a lot of sexual aggression. I was like, ‘Whoa, no, I don’t feel that way at all.’ That’s bizarre and shocking to me.”

Oh, well never mind then. Prude.

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