BY ELPIN KESHISHZADEH
MANAGING EDITOR, SPORTSPR.COM
Hell hath no fury like male athletes scorned.
Last Wednesday, five members of the U.S. Women’s National Team filed a federal complaint against the U.S. Soccer federation in regards to wage discrimination. According to the three-time World Cup champions, they earned approximately 40 percent less than their male counterparts.
Announcement of this news opened the floodgates to a media frenzy and an outpour of public support — even Hillary Clinton had something to say about it.
A few short days after the team’s announcement, Abby Wambach, recently retired USWNT leading scorer, was arrested Sunday morning and charged with a DUI. After Wambach’s public apology on Twitter, a less rewarding media cycle was unleashed with special commentary from the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Following a virtual radio silence from the men’s team in regards to the wage discrimination complaint, a few players found some words to tweet about Wambach’s arrest. In turn, the men’s team received a lot of heat after a few petty comments made by players Alejandro Bedoya and Jozy Altidore.
Have we learned nothing from Social Media Etiquette 101? If you have nothing nice to say, don’t tweet anything at all — it tends to come back to bite you.
When you’re in the limelight, there’s never a good time to act bratty on social media. Timing becomes even worse when you attempt to mock a team currently standing in the hearts of many as a national treasure.
The comments were allegedly made as a response to Wambach’s criticism of the USMNT’s head coach for bringing foreign players, and were later defended by Bedoya.
“I almost forgot that I have to be politically correct because I’m an athlete. We’re human. Abby took full responsibility. Good,” Bedoya tweeted.
I’ve got some news for you, Bedoya: it’s One Nation, One Team. The same way a DUI is unacceptable for a retired U.S. soccer player, being snarky on social media is unacceptable for a current player.
This in no way condones Wambach’s choice to drive under the influence. The two actions stand alone and surely Wambach will face her share of repercussions. However, one person’s wrong doesn’t serve as a pass for another’s poor behavior. So, sorry life isn’t fair when you represent an entire country. It’s also not fair when you make $9 million to lose a World Cup. But c’est la vie, USMNT.