Bedoya, Altidore tweet jokes about Wambach’s DUII

The Equalizer Staff April 3, 2016 165
Abby Wambach has officially retired. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Abby Wambach was arrested for DUII on Sunday. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

“One Nation. One Team.”

That’s U.S. Soccer’s marketing slogan meant to unite a nation — players and supporters of the men’s, women’s and youth national teams. Everyone plays for the same crest — yes, even that new crest.

But the past four days have shown anything but that. Sunday offered further insight into that.

Responding to the arrest of world all-time leading goal-scorer and retired U.S. women’s star Abby Wambach on Sunday on the suspicion of driving under the influence (DUII), U.S. men’s national team members Alejandro Bedoya and Jozy Altidore took jabs on Twitter, first Bedoya and Wambach and then Altidore in reference to Hope Solo:

160403 Bedoya Altidore Wambach jokes

Altidore’s tweet about a team van refers to last year’s incident involving U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, whose husband, Jerramy Stevens, was arrested for driving drunk while operating at U.S. Soccer team van in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Solo was in the passenger’s seat.

Bedoya’s tweet refers to Wambach’s comments from December, just before she retired, blasting U.S. men’s coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s reliance on “foreign players” for the national team.

“The way that he has brought in a bunch of these foreign guys is not something I believe in wholeheartedly,” Wambach said at the time. “I don’t believe in it. I don’t believe in it in my heart.”

Wambach’s arrest — and tweets from Bedoya and Altidore — come four days after five top U.S. women filed a wage discrimination claim against U.S. Soccer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The players were asked on live national TV on Thursday if they had the support of the men’s team, a question which brought a bewildering chuckle of an answer. See the 4:22 mark at the video below:

The silence which followed from their male counterparts was disrupted only by Tim Howard — who drew the short straw by having pre-scheduled media rounds in New York on the same day the U.S. women’s players’ news dropped — offered brief words of support.

U.S. men’s legend Landon Donovan offered his take on Twitter, saying that the women and men shouldn’t be paid equally, but fairly. If one team generates more revenue, it should be paid more, Donovan argued.

Bedoya doubled down on his tweets on Sunday afternoon.

160403 Bedoya doubles down 160403 Bedoya tweets

So….

One nation. Several teams?

  • Paul Klee

    Well actually they don’t play for an identical crest. The Women’s team has three small additional enhancements.

    • USMNTfan4life

      Yes, but they don’t play against men. So, that point is moot and stupid. Are you saying the women’s team is better than Spain’s 2010 World Cup champs?

      • Nicole C.

        …nothing in the OP remotely suggests that.

      • sudeep das

        So I take it from your arguments that you do not watch women compete in any sports at any level – because sub-consciously you are always comparing their efforts with the men and boys.

        • Steglitz49

          He looks at the swimsuit issues etc of SI.

          • USMNTfan4life

            I don’t get the Swimsuit Issue, I think the format is outdated and SI should get rid of it. For them it is a cash cow, an unnecessary part of their business, much like the “Thank You Fans!” and Victory Tours for the women. You can only beat a dead horse so many times. Like the friendlies with Canada after the 2012 Olympics.

          • Steglitz49

            Alex’s body paint stunt was masterful. Granted she followed it up with that goal, but the pictures did their bit on the way to glory.

        • USMNTfan4life

          No. I actually prefer women’s tennis to the men because there tends to be more champions from the Grand Slams (outside when Serena is so dominant), and I enjoy women’s indoor and beach volleyball. Just for soccer, m preference is to watch and passionately support the men over the women.

      • Comparing the three time World Cup Champions to the Spanish 2010 WC champs is stupid, since other male teams were not mentioned. Only the rubbish MNT. They can say and do what they want but the USMNT will NEVER win an Olympic or WC TOURNAMENT!

        • USMNTfan4life

          I wouldn’t go that far. Those comments are best said at Dinah Shore Weekend. That is like saying a women’s sports league will never make the billions that the men’s leagues here and AROUND the WORLD.

          • Damn from your first comment I got the feeling you were just argumentative but I felt like giving you the benefit of the doubt. I should have learned my lesson, you really are as asinine as you sound!

        • DannyHi

          That’s because the women’s world cup and olympics is the equivalent of the special olympics. While the men play against the beat the world had to offer.

      • Paul Klee

        I fail to understand then, why you would read much less post on a site devoted exclusively to Women’s soccer.

  • SMT0414

    I feel bad for US Soccer press officers today, as if they’re not overworked after the last few days as it was.

    • Paul Klee

      The USSOCCER Monday morning meeting would make for a interesting Webcast?

  • Bluenun

    They use their time to practice soccer, maybe they maybe win!

  • OscarM

    They may be “One Team” but half that team is a lot more successful than the other half. Oddly enough, it’s the successful half that’s paid less. They should just find the average salary for the One Team and pay everyone that including bonuses for winning.

    • Jim McCabe

      Wake me up when the USWNT qualifies for the World Cup. The u-15 BNT could win the Women’s World Cup.

      • jim

        That’s not how it works. Wake me up when the USMNT actually does something of note, not involving unneccesary tweets.

      • OscarM

        Does your mom know you’re using her computer?

      • Don B.

        Why would anyone bother to wake you up? No one cares if you stay asleep.

      • A Ki

        Bwahahahaha… Ghoddum,,

    • USMNTfan4life

      The Harlem Globetrotters are successful too, and don’t lose much.

    • DannyHi

      They play against women. Your argument is so dumb and based on so much idiocy…I’m not even going to break down the many ways in which you’re an idiot. The women lost to the boys 16-17 year old team 8-2. Lol. They are terrible at soccer.

      • another guest

        If you despise women’s soccer so much, then why are you spending so much time commenting here, you dipshit?

        • DannyHi

          I think Google did me a favor and suggested this article so I could mock and insult emotional, ignorant little cvnts like you.

        • DannyHi

          And I don’t despise it….it’s irrelevant and meaningless. I doubt the World Cup winning women could beat the boys U-13 team. If they lose 8-2 against 16/17 year olds…. would they manage a draw against male 7 and 8 year olds? Who knows?

  • MARTA IS BETTER THAN USWNT

    I’m loving this mess hahaha , but here in Brazil i had never heard about Altidore or Bedoya

    • Movement

      That’s crazy.
      Altidore is like the 897th best striker in the world.

      • MARTA IS BETTER THAN USWNT

        SAVAGE

      • DannyHi

        And even at 12 years old he was objectively better than every single member of the USWNT.

        • Steglitz49

          Not Alexandra the Great.

  • Ashley C

    Yikes. This is messy. But I do notice that people in the USWNT fandom and even on here bend over backwards to justify Solo’s behaviour. And I’ve seen on social media some people now excusing Wambach’s DUI. It’s a mess all around. No winners here.

    • mockmook

      I doubt that there is anyone sane who is “excusing” what Wambach did.

      But, I’m sure there are many who understand that people (like themselves) are fallible and sometimes make stupid decisions (and an isolated instance shouldn’t ruin their reputation for all eternity).

    • x

      Welcome to sports fans. There are lunatics who defend Adrian Peterson.

  • Lord Otter-Blotter

    Bad decisions all around. And lots of foolish fans trying to bring teams’ respective records and the wage gap into this, ugh. Abby’s getting torched and deservedly so, but you shouldn’t take a sarcastic shot at someone whose side you’re supposed to be on in a serious situation like this. Abby’s earlier “foreign guys” comment, which I’m pretty sure was misconstrued anyway, doesn’t excuse this.

    • mockmook

      Sorry, I disagree.

      If Wambach is going to publicly criticize the men’s coach (and who he selected), she has no right to expect the members of the men’s team to remain silent when they think she deserves some criticism.

      • NYRick

        Wambach was wrong too at the time for her comments. But these guys really tarnished the men’s program with their remarks and made themselves look petty in the process.

        • guest

          I don’t think they did more damage to the men’s program than had already been done by the players on field in the last week.

      • Ethan

        Right, but did either Bedoya or Altidore have to bring up past incidents to criticize Wambach?

        • DannyHi

          Yes. Because they wanted to and they are explicitly letting her know why they are criticizing her.

      • guest

        “she has no right to expect the members of the men’s team” I don’t recall Wambach saying anything about what she expected from the men.

        • mockmook

          Nor should we expect them to remain silent.

      • Lord Otter-Blotter

        I didn’t mean to say she doesn’t deserve to be criticized by them. What I take issue with is the sarcastic/mocking tone. I don’t think you talk that way about someone you respect or even used to respect. And don’t you think there’s a difference between going after someone on the field and going after them off the field?

        • mockmook

          Not sure how to characterize her remarks regarding “foreign” players, but it was definitely not just about “on the field”.

          • Lord Otter-Blotter

            It was about the composition of the team and, I think, player development; nothing about anyone’s personal life.

          • mockmook

            There is the implication in her remarks that the “foreign” Americans are not quite “authentic” Americans. (And, in some ways that is correct)

            So, that seems pretty personal to me.

          • Steglitz49

            She forgot that Jack Charlton took Ireland’s men’s team to world rank #6 by exploiting the eligibility rules. It could be argued that Jack showed it worked, even if he did not start it.

          • John

            Or the player she played up front with…..Sydney Leroux…..

          • Steglitz49

            Glasshouses, glasshouses.

          • Lord Otter-Blotter

            If that’s the way you want to interpret that comment then I guess it is personal.

      • Lindsey

        The boys made it public how they felt about Abby’s comments when she made them. At this point they are just kicking someone when they’re down. Abby got a lot of public backlash for her xenophobic comments and rightfully so. Bedoya on the other hand thinks he can say whatever he wants and that he shouldn’t receive any backlash hence why he kept arguing about it. It’s hypocritical for him to think that it’s fine for Abby to receive criticism for her remarks but he can say whatever he wants and it’s justified.

        • AlexH

          Celebrities live by publicity and die by publicity. They are excessively adored when they are up and are excessively scorned when they are down. That’s live and it isn’t worth getting worked up over.

        • DannyHi

          Shaaaaaadup. Unlike you….when men argue they aren’t playing the victim. They are explaining why they are right or justified.

  • NYRick

    Two jerks.

    Didn’t Jozy say some derrogatory things about Alex about a year ago for no apparent reason? Altidore is also maybe the most overrated soccer player on the globe if that’s possible. He’s our scorer?! LOL. Guy should shut his pie hole. Team didn’t miss him at all at WC14 after his first game injury. Bedoya is just a major tool for even making any comment like that at all. Especially on a topic as serious as that. 99.9% of the US sporting public don’t even know his name or could pick him out of a police lineup anyway.

  • NYRick

    Sounds like the good ole One Nation, One Team male version of the equation is feeling a bit testy over all the fuss the country makes over the World Champions.

  • mskillens

    Pretty low for the men’s team. I thought about going to one of their matches to support them and now I don’t care to.

    • DannyHi

      Who cares? Go to.a women’s match and try to pretend you know or care about what’s going on?

      • another guest

        Women know nothing about soccer, amiright?

        • Steglitz49

          Most women know who Zlatan and Messi are but they might be hard pushed to recognize Marta.

          • guest

            Trolls of a feather stick together?

          • Steglitz49

            Birds, surely. Birds.

          • another guest

            Delete your account, retard.

          • John

            You did not watch Marta on the Balon D’Or red carpet then? Lots of male football fans were clambering for her autograph. They were calling out her name. She’s a bigger star globally than Morgan is.

            Interestingly, Homare Sawa walked by and not one person asked for her autograph.

          • Steglitz49

            Not surprising. Male fans understand quality and Marta in her prime was something else, probably the nearest to Cruyff on the ladies side.

            Why they should ignore Sawa is an interesting question.

  • Wuzzle

    So will Wambach team up with Nike to make a new “forget my DUI” commercial?

  • another guest

    Using Charlie Davies as a human shield is dickish. As for his joke? Meh.

  • xanthophobe

    If you’re going to criticize Wambach’s decision for drinking and driving as a means of being role models/education fans, that’s one thing. However, Bedoya and Altidore are using it to poke fun of someone they clearly don’t like. Bad taste from both of them.

    • Lorehead

      I made jokes about Wambach and Altidore too, and I’m an American who was born in Europe, and I also would rather see athletes paid sustainably, based on revenue. So, yes, in this case, I do agree with the men.

      • Lorehead

        That said, the USWNT does deserve to be paid as well as the USMNT, and the rest of the men ought to say so.

        • USMNTfan4life

          If I brought less revenue than someone else, and I felt entitled to splitting the share of the revenue, that would be music to my ears. However, that is a free market principle that does not factor into US Soccer’s arguments.

          What is next? The WNBA insisting on sharing the NBA player’s cut of the television contracts, because they play basketball too?

          • Lorehead

            Currently, the women are bringing in more revenue than the men, this year and in USSF’s estimates for next year. Over the four-year cycle with the men’s WC included, the difference is only about 20%. That’s close enough that equal pay makes sense to me, especially since USSF is a nonprofit dedicated to equality and nondiscrimination.

          • guest

            there are reports that the usmnt will get a $15 million bonus for making it out of their copa america group this summer that haven’t yetbeen factored into next year’s budgets .

          • guest

            That would require that feat to actually be accomplished. Which, based on recent play, might be a tall order and US Soccer is not too concerned about that payout.

          • guet

            yes i forgot to include the word if, in the sentence. outcome is certainly not a given.

          • guest

            and i’m sure the ussf would get a certain % of any payment.

          • Lorehead

            I’ll mention but not belabor the point I made that this just pushes the responsibility for unequal pay back one space. And we can keep doing that until it lands on us. Eventually, we end up saying either, “People should be watching female athletes as much as they watch male ones, or at least according them equal respect and subsidizing them,” “It’s right and proper that we treat female athletes worse than male ones, because women are objectively inferior—not at all sports, just the ones we’ve arbitrarily decided are more important,” or, “There is no ethical dimension to the business of sports at all, ergo we should approve of dog-fighting and give Michael Vick an apology along with his seven-figure check.”

            Anyway, US Soccer is very wise not to count its chickens on that.

          • John

            The way they are playing, you can say that $15 million is a safe.

          • Guest

            See, that right there is the difference between USMNT and USWNT. The women want to be paid more because of their past and future accomplishments. I can understand that. They are very much under paid. The USSF has to dangle $15 MILLION BONUS just to make it out of the GROUP! That is what will motivate them, not playing for their country.

          • USMNTfan4life

            That is because of the various “Thank You Fans!” and “Victory Tours” after every Olympics and WWC. Those numbers are just projections based hoped for revenue. But if they bring the $$, that is what it is…

          • Lorehead

            I agree that the USWNT creates a lot of revenue from those sources.

          • That’s what happens when you win things. If the men were winning tournaments and getting victory tours, they would rightfully make more money. But the reality is they aren’t going to win any major tournaments ever, so here we are.

      • xanthophobe

        I’m not saying anything about the lawsuit, as I don’t think that’s relevant here. And I’m okay with people criticizing her, I just don’t like the way these two went about it.

  • Well at least now know that the USMNT know who the USWNT is. The way the players act would usually tell you otherwise.

  • ladywing

    I just don’t like to see somebody kicked when they’re down. Maybe the men would feel differently if they ever won a world cup?

    • AlexH

      Getting publicly kicked while you are down might serve as a good disincentive to breaking the law.

      • ladywing

        Are you amongst the few who have never driven drunk?
        I saw a man get mortally injured while Jay walking. I stopped to help..
        Should I have said he deserved it and driven on?

        • AlexH

          What does that have to do with my point that public shame and ridicule is a good disincentive against driving drunk?

          • ladywing

            I have nothing against you, Alex, but unless you have never driven drunk or ever broken any laws you do not have the high ground.
            Unless you just don’t like Abby, then forge ahead.

          • Steglitz49

            How patronizing of you! Good grief.

          • guest

            Maybe what society needs is more public ridicule. Let’s bring back the stocks!

        • Steglitz49

          Kenny Dalgleish has never touched a drop. Is that good enough for you?

          Petter Northug’s counsel cut a good deal for him — and Norway. Thank goodness for understanding judges.

    • DannyHi

      Maybe the men wouldn’t kick the women when they’re down if there weren’t so many cvnty women like you pretending that winning the women’s world cup is anywhere near as good of an accomplishment as getting out of a group with germany, Portugal and Ghana at the world cup. When the women can manage to not lose 8-2 to 16/17 year old boys…then the discussion can begin if the women are any good. Would the women even be able to beat 12 year old boys on in a match? Lol. Probably not.

      • ladywing

        You are in the wrong place to insult females. I bet this is the closest you

        • DannyHi

          You would be much more accurately be labeled as a stupid female. Try to be more discriminating about why people are insulting you. I’m not insulting you because you’re a female. I’m insulting you because you’re stupid. Do yourself and everyone else a favor and be careful to understand the distinction. The fact that you try to throw dirt on the men’s team and then cry about gender when the response comes back is such a….female thing to do.

          • ladywing

            So thin skinned. Donald is that you?

          • DannyHi

            Awwwww. So cute. Trying to be funny by using a line you’ve seen on the internet 100,000 times in the last week. Very creative for a female. You’re the next Amy Schumer I bet.

          • Ok move on. If you don’t like women’s soccer, why are you commenting on a women’s soccer forum? (rhetorical questions, please don’t answer.)

          • DannyHi

            Because I don’t discriminate. Stupidity and ignorance is stupidity and ignorance… wherever it may be. Is this a women’s….? Hmmm. Who would’ve thought? The author of the article wrote a little clickbait… I guess they got what they wanted. Maybe this website should stick to talking about the women’s game instead of whining about the men’s players.

          • You seem fun. I genuinely hope you’re having a good day and can move on.

          • guest

            There was nothing whiney in the article. I think you’re the one’s who’s mad, seeing that you’ve spent all day commenting here.

          • DannyHi

            All day? Each comment takes about 1 minute of my life. Try again rookie.

          • guest

            Your first comment on this page was nine hours ago; you’ve been monitoring this page since this morning. So yeah, you’re mad online.

          • DannyHi

            Monitoring? Disqus sends me an email which creates an alert on my phone which takes 1 minute to respond to. Learn how technology works, moron. Man… this site is like THE spot for stupid people. I’ve totally been looking at this site all day hitting the refresh button. Lmao. Moron.

          • guest

            Really?

          • guest

            Is that how it works?

          • guest

            Did you get an email now?

          • guest

            Am I doing this right?

          • guest

            Please respond

          • guest

            I need to know if it’s working

          • DannyHi

            It works. Have you randomly been coming back to this site and scrolling down constantly looking to see if I commented??? Lol. You’ve got a little too much time on your hands it seems. Lol. That’s embarrassing. Get a more effective method, moron.

          • ladywing

            He just doesn’t like women, I think.

          • DannyHi

            It must be frustrating that every US soccer embarrassment of the last 5 years has been a us womens player…whether be domestic violence, DUIs, husbands getting DUIs while driving US soccer vans or terribly crass nude selfies. At least they have the competitive equivalent of the special olympics so they can collect their meaningless trophies while being about as talented as a slightly above average high school boys junior varsity team.

          • Another fan

            Every embarrassment of the last few years?? I’d say losing to the 85th ranked team in the world (Guatemala) last month is pretty damn embarrassing. But also what about Charlie Davies partying til 3am the night before a world cup qualifier and then climbing into a car with a drunk driver?? What about Donovan posing in his underwear in Vanity Fair before the 2010 world cup, or Jermaine Jones nude in this year’s ESPN body issue? I personally don’t think those photo shoots are inappropriate or embarrassing at all, but if you think they are, you can hardly say they’re confined to the women.

          • DannyHi

            Are you really trying to compare losing an away soccer match to.criminal activity like DUIs and domestic abuse? And are you really comparing posing in a sports magazine shoot to this? http://www.hecklerspray.com/hope-solo-nude
            LMAO. Try again. Overall your post was a 1/10. Poorly thought out. Totally irrelevant. Terrible comparisons. Just an overall failure.

          • guest

            Being sexually violated is a real embarrassment for US Soccer.

          • guest

            for the record, i don’t think he was referring to womens body paint photos but to hope’s personal selfie photos.

      • mskillens

        If you were my boyfriend, I would be embarrassed.

        • DannyHi

          Well that must’ve been a fun 5 seconds for you…where you got to pretend I would ever consider dating you.

    • guest

      So the men have shown themselves to be classless as well as losers.

    • Steglitz49

      Are goats ever down? I thought they stood on the hind legs to reach the juiciest branches.

    • A Ki

      Stop comparing apples and oranges.

  • AlexH

    Twitter ridicule is something to be expected if you get a DUI after publicly stating that your post retirement goal is to change the world.

    • guest

      So because she had the audacity to say her goal was to change the world, she deserves public ridicule for a personal failure?

      • Steglitz49

        Yes.

        • guest

          So people should not set a goal of changing the world?

          • Steglitz49

            Pride goes before a fall.

            She could take lessons from the mecurial Petter Northug. A pint of humility and common sense goes a long way.

          • guest

            It was pride that motivated her desire to change the world, and she was punished for it with a DUI arrest. Like Icarus flying too close to the sun?

          • guest

            Or “flying” too close to a red light?

        • guest

          So don’t set a goal of changing the world because you’ll be publicly ridiculed for it when you make a mistake, which is almost a certainty because no one is infallible.

          • I don’t always buy the “mistake” argument when it comes to drinking and driving. She knew exactly what she was doing when she got behind the wheel. Call it what it is: an incredibly dumb decision. If you’re going to “change the world” as she hopes, you need to be smarter in your everyday life. This could have easily changed someones world in the worst way possible.

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you.

          • guest

            It may be incredibly dumb, but it’s something everyone has done at least once in their life.

          • Steglitz49

            No. Not evryone. A few, yes.

          • guest

            More than a few because drinking is a popular form of entertainment in this country and the primary form of transport is the automobile.

          • Steglitz49

            Kenny Dalgleish has never touched a drop. Let that be your leading star!

          • guest

            Is he Mormon?

          • Steglitz49

            he is a Scot. Like Kim Little. She can keep you right.

          • guest

            Are you a Mormon?

          • Steglitz49

            S49 is a citizen of the world.

          • Steglitz49

            Are you the same guest who wrote the same drivel 19 minutes earlier?

    • mskillens

      So only perfect people are allowed to say they want to change the world? So as an educator, which I am incidentally, you want me to tell all my students you have the ability to change the world only if you perfect, because if you make a mistake, you are stupid for saying you wanted to change the world? Is that what I should tell them?

      • DannyHi

        So emotional and irrational. If I even knew you…. I would be embarrassed.

  • FlyingSquirrel42

    Seems like plenty of Wrong on the Internet to go around here.

    It goes without saying that Abby should not have driven under the influence, and while it’s good that she took full responsibility and apologized, she should be counting her lucky stars that she didn’t injure anyone and can’t expect to receive an “all is forgiven” right away. And while I don’t remember her exact words and I doubt she is really a xenophobe, her comments about Klinsmann and the foreign-born players struck me as the sort of thing that’s probably best not to phrase quite so harshly and could easily *sound* xenophobic.

    Altidore bringing up Hope’s incident with the team van last year is kind of out of the blue and uncalled for, IMO. Whatever Hope has or hasn’t done wrong over the last couple years, Abby’s DUI has nothing to do with her and she shouldn’t be dragged into this.

    I actually agree with Bedoya that his success in soccer or lack thereof compared to Abby is irrelevant in this case, so I can understand why he doesn’t have much patience with the person who tweeted him about the comparison. He’d have been better off taking the high road and just not saying anything about this in the first place, though.

    • Steglitz49

      Is your point that WoSo need to learn to hold their liquor?

    • F0OtballNowAndAlways

      The Hope reference was funny. And that is what I think they were doing, poking fun. I don’t think they were trying to change the world with their tweets.

    • DannyHi

      Bedoya’s lack of success??? He plays for a Ligue 1 team in France. Who did Abby Wambach ever play for? She only made fame when she was bearing up on a bunch of soccer nations who don’t care about women’s soccer. If anyone cared about women’s soccer….you would have flourishing club leagues with big competitions. I know the US has a women’s league…does it have like 5 teams in it? Lol.
      In any objective measure…Bedoya is much more successful than Wambach. Wambachs success is the equivalent of being the tallest midget. It’s all relative to the fact that nobody cares about women’s soccer besides like 4 countries.

  • Tikitaka

    Lol. I can imagine Bedoya scouring the sports section of every publication since Abby made that comment just to get some dirt on her…he finally lucked out.

    I’m fine with Bedoya being mad, but Altidore can piss off. Why even bring Hope into this?

    At the end of the day having the NTs feud against each other looks ridiculous. It’s too bad people think that everything needs to be said on Twitter..

  • brdn08

    As someone who has a DUI, I totally side with the men on this one. Bedoya makes the excellent point that some people are willing to overlook personal failing for athletic achievements which is quite disturbing actually.

  • F0OtballNowAndAlways

    By the way, has anybody considered the possibly that this DUI could have been deliberate to attract attention? We know Abby misses the limelight. We know she announced her retirement last year on the same day the team visited the president at the White House, thus stealing the spotlight.

    How do you fake a DUI you ask? Well drink just enough to get you over the legal limit. There are no gradations of intoxication where violation of the law is concerned to the best of my knowledge. If you are over by a little bit, it’s a DUI. If you are over by a lot, it’s also a DUI.

    The specific offense that occasioned police involvement is also easily-stageable. She ran a red light. Easy to fake. Failing sobriety tests is also easy. Consuming an amount of alcohol guaranteed to take her over the limit without making her too drunk will take care of the chemical tests. With a little practice beforehand, she could fail the straight line and other physical tests.

    I know its all a little risky, but publicity and social media might mean more to some people than we think.

    Either that or I have completely lost my mind.

    • You have definitely lost your mind. Why would she ever risk her sponsorship dollars and good reputation on purpose? I can’t believe I took the time to read this comment.

    • mskillens

      That’s one of the dumbest things I’ve heard all year that doesn’t have Trump attached to it….

      • F0OtballNowAndAlways

        You would probably have said the same thing if somebody had told you that a woman would strap her children in a car and deliberately drown them in a lake, you would have said the same thing. But it did happen, and that was much worse than what I am suggesting.

        • guest

          Keep digging, pal.

    • A Ki

      Top kek,

  • Michelle LoweSolis

    It’s interesting that this keeps going to the pay issue when it’s completely about something else. But for those of you who want to talk pay…the facts. The US Soccer Federation was projecting a loss for both national teams in their latest annual report. Due to the USWNT’s success, the USSF made over $17M in profit (yes, the women). Next year, the USSF still projects a loss for the men, but expects the women to make over $5M profit. So, no matter how you cut it…World Cup championships, Olympic championships, or the plain ol’ bottom line, the women should make at least as much as the men, and a case can be made for the women to make more. Two teams, one boss. Any other comparisons are irrelevant.

    • guest

      there are reports that the usmnt will earn a $15 million bonus if they make it out of the group at the copa america this summer which they haven’t factored into this year’s projections.

      • Michelle LoweSolis

        Good to know the profits from the women’s team are going to pay the men’s bonuses.

        • guest

          that bonus wouldn’t come from the ussf. it would come from fifa concacaf and conmebol. but there is no certainty that they will make it out of the group.

  • John

    Why did Wambach choose to slate the USMNT for bringing in “foreigners” when she played up front with a “foreigner” in Sydney Leroux? Sometimes her mouth is just far bigger than her brain.

    • guest

      Leroux spent half her life here, not the same as a “foreigner.”

      • Steglitz49

        Same difference.

        • guest

          You’re an ignorant foreigner. She spent half her life here, did most of her schooling here, but the biggest difference of all is that she chose to play here, not like most of the men for whom the US was a second (inferior) choice.

  • guest

    I love how vocal Wambach is about issues of USMNT foreign born player
    and has zero problem criticising people/organisations yet when fellow
    soccer players throw some heat her way she stays quiet… Dish out when
    it makes you look good but can’t take any….

    • Tom Tom

      Funny how she complained about “foreign” American players, but pretty sure Sydney LeRoux falls in that Category.