Domestic violence allegations will destroy the career of a male football player; but the rules are different if you are a womyn’s soccer player.
Hope Solo is her name, the US team goalkeeper, and a woman reckoned – by no coincidence at all – to be the finest female goalie of all time. Strong, athletic, with biceps the size of most men’s thighs, this is a woman who has ridden the blooming popularity of the women’s game in the States with significant financial return. … She is also a woman who, in June 2014, was arrested after reports came through that she had beaten up her half-sister and her teenage nephew. Nice.
For sure Solo, who has a potty-mouthed history of argument with colleagues, coaches and officials alike, has not yet been charged (though it has to be pointed out that prosecutors have appealed the decision not to press charges). But then neither were Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald who were given bans by the American football authorities at the point they were arrested for domestic violence, even though charges were not eventually forthcoming.
Solo, however, has sailed on unabated, her excellence between the posts apparently trumping any suggestion of moral equivalence with her male peers.
For ‘role models’ in designated politically empowered demographic categories, there is just a different set of rules.
BTW, after all the hoopla last week about the US Womyn’s kickball team winning the big kickball tournament, it is important to remember. Nobody gave a f— about womyn’s kickball two weeks ago, and no one will give a f— two weeks from now.