Solo blasts Chastain on Twitter

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Less than two hours after the U.S. Women's National team rolled to a 3-0 victory against Colombia in Olympic action, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo took to Twitter for a surprising barrage of critical tweets aimed at former U.S. Women's national team defender and NBC color TV analyst Brandi Chastain.

Here is just one of Solo's Twitter daggers thrown at Chastain:

“I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute, especially bc @arlowhite is fantastic.@brandichastain should be helping 2 grow the sport #fb”


Here is my FOX Soccer piece breaking down the Solo Twitter rant. Give the piece a read and let us know what you think. Was Solo out of line, or was her reaction justified because of Chastain's criticisms of the U.S. national team?

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81 Responses to Solo blasts Chastain on Twitter

  1. Adub says:

    What a b*tch. Have some respect man! Hope solo is best know for being in DWTS and having sex in the Olympic village

  2. andrew in tally says:

    Thanks, Hope I was wondering who the fool was. Chastain is terrible. I heard her agreeing with the North Koreans about not playing because of the wrong flag.

  3. STFU Hope! At least Brandi knows how to win a World Cup!

  4. Ryan Nanez says:

    i wouldnt have either. do to the polictial situation over there showing a south korean flag was a slap in the face to those people. you must be ignorant

  5. Chris says:

    Chastain has one algorithm in her head: see a play; tell us why it was the wrong thing to do; tell us what the obviously superior team of ’99 would have done instead.

    Give it a rest, Brandi. We get it. You were on a good team. This team is a good one, too. They don’t need to play exactly like you did.

  6. Tyler says:

    Roid Rage?

    Oh, wait, Diuretic from Pre-Menstruation Medicine Rage?

  7. Cory says:

    I dislike her commentating anything. Reminds me of John Harkes.

  8. NaranjaFanatic says:

    Most soccer commentators we have suck and pretty much all female commentators suck. However, Solo has done nothing but prove her lack of character over the years. It will be nice when all this is over with and we can forget about her again.

  9. Don Pelayo says:

    Thank you, Hope. I have literally muted the television when Chastain is the color commentator. She is beyond awful.

  10. Bo says:

    Your an idiot.

  11. Bo says:

    Is this open mic comedy night?

  12. jones says:

    Typical unprofessional Solo behavior. Great keeper, but will always be just as well-known for diarrhea of the mouth.

    …And lucky for us, she has a book coming out in less than a month!

  13. Bo says:

    Chastain is Foudy 2.0.

  14. whoop-whoop says:

    Agree with her review… just not her wasting her time, energy and focus on catty sniping rather than her game. Play soccer drama queen.

  15. Dante says:

    Chastain and Arlo White are horrid on the broadcasts. Why the f**k is a Brit doing U.S. games? He’s not even that good.

  16. Turgid Jacobian says:

    Man we got some misogyny in tha house. Amazing, I know, on the internet.

  17. biff says:

    Tweeting like that to try to sweeten coverage of the team and players is ridiculous. Hope is starting to sound like a prima donna who only wants to hear praise but no criticism. That ain’t the way it works in high-level sports and she should know that by now. She should keep her mouth shut and focus on the game. If she keeps spouting off like that, I am going to get seriously sick of her.

  18. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    Nice try, Brandi.

  19. A says:

    Normally I’d say she needs to focus on the game, but in this case I completely agree. I mute the game EVERY time Chastain is a commentator. She is worse than John Harkes by a lot.

    She does nothing but tell everyone why she is better and what she would have done. It’s god awful to listen to.

    She’s like that guy at your summer pick up game who tries to critique your shooting form if you hit a shot off target–“hey man, try to keep over the ball next time.”

    It’s like, thanks jack*ss I know how to shoot. Clearly I didn’t hit it right.

    Also, holy misogyny batman. Some people here are a little insecure.

  20. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    She was sticking up for a teammate, absolutely nothing wrong with it. It’s a little unusual that the criticism is coming from a former player, but in sports you protect your teammates above all else. Hope did the right thing. And that Greg Ryan thing – he deserved everything he got, it was one of the worst coaching decisions you’ll ever see. It was an unfortunate situation for Scurry, who did nothing wrong, and Hope probably shouldn’t have gone public with criticism of her coach.

  21. jon says:

    so i watched most of the game, and don’t recall chastain being particularly critical of any US defenders.. anyone know what exactly set Hope off?

  22. Petaluman says:

    Didn’t see the game but so I can’t comment on Chastain’s approach, but taking to twitter seems weak. All it does is cause an unnecessary distraction for the coach and the team in the coming days. If she’s got an issue got seek out Chastain directly.

  23. jimmorrison says:

    This caught my eye but to be honest I am not even remotely interested in the following:
    1. Chastain
    2. Solo
    3. Foudy
    Just cool it girls. You play a standard of soccer that is BARELY watchable and you are very lucky that you play a sport that only about 6 nations actually take serious.
    When Foudy/Chastain won a World Cup, 1 nation took it seriously

  24. Judging Amy says:

    What did Chastain say? She is a pretty weak commentator especially if she’s talking crap about defenders in a 3-0 game where Ives says Solo had little work to do. Amazing how twitter comments inspire such strong and rabid reactions from people. Maybe Solo could cool it but she’s outspoken, seems to be who she is. I don’t think her silly comments detract from the teams win much. I guess it’s fun drama to discuss.

  25. The Imperative Voice says:

    So are you dogging the whole Olympic team for Hope’s comments, or are you saying that Hope Solo was uniquely responsible for the 2011 team not winning the world cup?

  26. Old School says:

    I couldn’t agree more.

    I had no idea who was giving the color commentary but after watching the matches on DVR, I too, found myself become incredibly annoyed and muting the tv.

    Hands down, the only color commentator worst for this sport was John Harkes.

  27. Old School says:

    …and yet, applicable.

  28. b says:

    Chastising is worse than terrible. She is like Harkes except that she makes even him look good. Why do the most insufferable national teamers always have to stay in the spotlight? Harkes, Wynalda, Chastain, Foudy…
    Hope Solo is a loudmouth but in this case she couldn’t be more right. It’s not about the media not being able to criticize players any more than it was when it was Harkes vs Dempsey. It’s about incompetent “back in my day” losers who force us rational fans to press the mute button.

  29. Nardwuar says:


  30. solles says:

    Arlo White is awful. He’s announcing because he used to be the Sounders announcer which means we’re all supposed to suck his prick.

    Hope Solo reminds me why I just can’t get myself to care about the Women’s team. Catty drama queens with delusions of grandeur. Brani Chastain might not be that good an announcer but at least she’s actually won a world cup, unlike any of the current USA prima donnas.

  31. Brett says:

    Hope Solo just got a thousand times sexier.

  32. giggity says:

    Just mud-wrestle and get it over with.

  33. Roy says:

    Chastain didn’t say anything outrageous. She pointed out when Solo missed coming out strongly, but commented on the times Solo was appropriately aggressive. Solo needs to develop a thick skin. Imagine if she was a male and keeper for Chelsea or Man U. Every week is constant criticism. Tabloids made up crap about Tim Howard when he started with Man U.

    Sometimes the defenders did need to step up faster, and they were badly burned a few times. I’m not a fan of Chastain, but I agree with her more than disagree. And I also liked Harkes compared to some of the other commentators for US games because he understands the game better and stated his opinion. They get so frustrated because they were members, love the team still, and get frustrated over things they see. Hugs and kisses won’t make the US teams better.

  34. Jamie says:

    The South Koreans probably would have took it more in Stride than their Northern counter parts.

  35. Northzax says:

    The south Koreans won’t end up in a work camp if they annoy the government.

  36. hoosh says:

    I love that the constant in soccer communities online is the universal dislike of John Harkes being anywhere near a microphone.

    Word Hope!

  37. hoosh says:


    I actually like Julie Foudy a lot, but her commentary is horrendous. Chastain has taken the reigns.

  38. hoosh says:

    Arlo White is awful? More like he’s the best announcer MLS has ever had.

    Are you really that repulsed to hear someone with a foreign accent? Hooray for Xenophobia!

  39. bb says:

    Absolutely! That’s what I thought of, “how much criticism do the big-time male soccer players receive?” and what if they went to publicly berate their critics every time they pointed out faults? Is Chastain annoying? yeah sure, but that’s not the point. As a player in the spotlight, you can’t lash out every time you (or a teammate) gets criticism. I also don’t buy the “but it’s good of her to defend a teammate.” If that player had a problem with the comments let them speak out.

    I think this whole thing is distracting to the game. You didn’t get this far by getting upset by those negative comments. use them as fuel to motivate you. Players play, commenters comment. Let them sort it out privately, or have a coach make some press release if he feels the commenters critiques are unwarranted.

  40. Benjamin C. says:

    Just to lighten the mood: one of the members of the U.S. silver medal winning men’s archery team is named Jacob Wukie. Can we please get him and Hope Solo together for a photo shoot?

  41. po'ed says:

    Yes, Arlo White is AWFUL! He knows nothing about women’s soccer. He pronounces the names of the US players wrong. He confused Abby Wambach who is not left footed with Alex Morgan who is and that’s a pretty easy differentiation. He talked about a South American style when the teams in South America except Brazil don’t have a style other than being totally inferior.

    I would dump White in a heartbeat. Get someone who knows the women’s game. Just because he has a British accent doesn’t make him legitimate. I don’t care if he knows MLS or EPL, but it is highly insulting to a longtime women’s soccer fan to listen to this clown. I really want to put the t.v. on mute when he opens his mouth, not Chastain.

    Chastain is a commentator, not a cheerleader. She was correct in saying that Rachel Buehler gives the ball away. This is a “fact” as Rafa Benitez would say. I was happy she said it because it was right on the mark. At least she knows women’s soccer and can tell the players apart unlike her incompetent counterpart!

  42. Joseph D'Hippolito says:

    I have always liked Hope Solo’s honesty. She calls it as she sees it and doesn’t play games … unlike her 2007 WWC “teammates” who tried to destroy her after her comments about Scurry (which were spot on). She’s a refreshing change from politicians like Foudy and Lalas.

    I think there’s more here than meets the eye. I think this is personal and goes back to the 2007 WWC. Chastain wasn’t with that team but she most likely supported Scurry and probably let Solo know that privately … and Chastain is no shrinking violet.

  43. bobette says:

    @Judging Amy Chastain said that Rachel Buehler needs to keep possession of the ball better out of the back instead of clearing it to the other team. This is a highly warranted comment. If you watched Buehler’s distribution it was terrible. She should be able to keep possession in a game against Colombia.

  44. q says:

    how unprofessional by Hope Solo and she should focus on the olympics rather than this nonsense oh and Scurry won a world cup Hope Solo didn’t so shhh….

  45. Skeeter says:


  46. Mingjai says:

    I like that Hope stepped up for her defenders (similar to a QB taking care of his O-line), but I question whether Twitter is the proper venue.

  47. GW says:

    Are you suggesting Brandi has been infected by being around Harkes, Lalas and Wynalda?

    I would have given a lot to know exactly what Ballack really thought of Lalas’ commentary during the Euros.

  48. GW says:

    In a recent English tabloid, they were talking about American successes ( Clint , Friedel, Wegerle, etc ) and American failures in England.

    Interestingly they list Harkes as a flop. I never actually saw him play in England
    (little if any US coverage in those days) and only saw him for the US but I always read that he was okay in England.

    I guess the fact that he played at all was success enough. I’m not sure if they had permiting regs in those days but it seems to me Harkes’ dad is Scottish.

    From what little I remember I always thought of Harkes as a less skilled prequel to Sacha.

  49. GW says:

    You can forget about her now if you like. No one is stopping you.

    Other than indicating a lack of judgement about being on Twitter in the first place, Hope’s tweets can hardly be taken are serious indicators about her character. As far as that goes you know nothing about her.

    Hope can tweet whatever she wants until Pia tells her to shut up.

  50. GW says:

    Winning a World Cup doesn’t make you a good commentator. Having been a good player doesn’t make you a good commentator.

    Saying things that make sense, that fit the situation and enlighten and entertain the listeners make for good commentary.

    Chastain did little of that. She told us the Colombian players lack certain elementary skills,knowledge and experience that she herself would have taught them in high school.

    Really? I never would have known that if she had not told me. Great, maybe they will hire her.

    Chastain was a defender on a good team. Did she put that team together? Did she boss the defense? I’m pretty sure that was Carla Overbeck and Joy Fawcett. Them I would listen to.

    Did she coach that defense or coach anyother highly succesful defense? I don’t think so.

    Brandi is a better commentator than Guiseppe Rossi I’ll give her that.

    Let’s see what happens when they have Hope become a commentator.

  51. oof says:

    That’s hilarious… I’m sure South Koreans wouldn’t be as offended as their communist and oppressed counterparts if they were represented by a flag that is the symbol of a unjustified separation of, not just a nation, but of thousands of families torn from one another.

    I know comment sections on any blog are just forums for the ignorant, but sarcasm lost in text or not, this comment makes my skin boil.

  52. oof says:

    During the whole match I couldn’t help but think how awful a secondary commentator BC was. She never let up and really polluted the broadcast. There was never a moment where I could just watch and take in the game. BC’s commentary was mostly her projecting her would-be coaching tips to the team and had nothing to do with how USWNT and Colombia were playing. I even remember her saying something along the lines that she wasn’t familiar with Colombia at all. Completely unprofessional.

    She had some OK points sometimes, but that’s expected when you blabber on non-stop for the full 90.

    Hope Solo was out of line and unprofessional with her tweets, but there is a ton of truth at where she was getting at.

  53. Bryson says:

    Really, that’s how you are going to call someone an idiot?

  54. dog says:

    doesn’t matter, would still bang

  55. b says:

    You are the only person who thinks Chastain is a good commentator or analyst. Fortunately your bias is easy enough to see through for anyone who has never had the misfortune of listening to Chastain cover a game…

  56. b says:

    For those who don’t follow the women’s team as closely:

    1. What did Solo say about Scurry, and why?
    2. How did her 07 teammates try to destroy Solo, and why?
    3. Who were those teammates?

  57. Yusef says:

    He scored a goal at Wembly in an FA Cup final. Not sure another American can say that.

  58. Yusef says:

    I love it when commentators and journalists get called out by athletes. Just as they have the right to report the way they see things, the athletes have the freedom to respond.

  59. biff says:

    the best comments so far on this topic, bb and Roy, especially pointing out how silly it is to be justifying Hope’s tweets as magnanimously sticking up for her teammates. The US ladies are no doubt one of the top teams in the world. The team can survive defensive lapses against Colombia and still move on to the quarter-finals. But USWNT defensive lapses in the knock-out stages against the likes of Brazil or Japan can mean flying home without a medal. Now is the time for the team to do what is needed to rectify those sorts of defensive lapses–and that means being professional and accepting criticism and trying to improve before the big tests of Japan and Brazil. Like Roy says, “ Hugs and kisses won’t make the US teams better.”

    I have always been a fan of Hope Solo. Before these tweets yesterday I had always defended her outspoken comments against the poor coaching decisions of Greg Ryan in WC2007. But after these tweets I am beginning to rethink that episode a bit, and I can now for the first time understand why some of her teammates then were not happy with her, including the great Abby Wambach, the heart and soul of the current team. After the recent news about Hope, she needs to keep her head down and focus on winning gold, not creating off-field controversies that could possibly disrupt the team. A first step toward that goal would be a heartfelt public apology to commentators, whose job it is to comment, and to her teammates. And she should turn off her smartphone for the rest of the Olympics and do her talking only on the field.

  60. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    Someone better tell all those NFL guys to calm down. Don’t they know that what they’re doing isn’t important, since only one country plays their sport?

  61. po'ed says:

    @b So did you even watch the game? I doubt it. And read my comments and tell me where I said she is a good commentator? Are you putting words in my mouth? I’m saying that her commentary on Buehler was correct. She knows the players better than the incompetent Arlen White.

    Who would you suggest to replace her?

  62. bobette says:

    Wow, 60 comments on the twitter incident but only 17 comments about the actual game. This illustrates the loud mouths on this board that don’t know anything about women’s soccer.

  63. Brian says:

    No one watches because Chastain is in the booth. Find a woman who is well spoken and knowledgeable of the game to provide the color instead of a has-been who can’t let her spotlight go. There has to be someone out there who can do the job without being as annoying as these former stars have been.

    Solo is right but that doesn’t make her actions appropriate. Find a better way to deal with your problems.

  64. happyjuggler0 says:


  65. Dennis says:

    Solo should play keeper and keep her comments to herself. If she has a problem with Chastain, she should talk to her, NOT the rest of the world.

    This is the same kind of public spouting off that got her in trouble a few years ago. Will she ever learn?

  66. GW says:

    That does not mean he had a great career. And they lost too.

    I don’t necessarily agree with the Brits that Harkes was a flop. He was on teams that had a couple of good cup runs but I don’t think he was an exceptional player. His commentary would have more credibility if he had gone on to be a really good coach but he hasn’t.

  67. GW says:


    If you are an American then I guess you have to take it seriously. However, since you are dead and buried (even if it is in France) I guess it really doesn’t matter anymore to you.

  68. GW says:


    You are a bit confused.

    It is not the job of TV commentators to make the team better.

    The USSF pays a bunch a people a lot of money to spend all their time doing that.

    No one said “Here, tell us what you think and based on your commentary we will make appropriate changes”.

    They are there to entertain and educate us.

    Do you seriously think there is anyone on this site who does not realise that Buehler giving the ball away so cheaply is a bad thing? Or that the Colombians do not have the same level of fitness as the US players?
    The fact that Brandi’s criticisms were accurate is not the point.

    What is the point is that she has annoying way of expressing them and since she is there for entertainment and education purposes she fails at both since she is not interesting to listen to and she cannot educate if no one wants to listen to her.

    This is where Lalas, Harkes and Wynalda fail. Whatever makes sense in their commentary, whatever wisdom is there is either devalued or ignored because they are such obnoxious clowns. You don’t go to a freak show to get educated.

  69. Dan in New York says:

    Does anyone else think it strange that the first thing Solo does after the game is sit and watch a replay and listen to the commentary? I understand reviewing “game tape” but I thought that was kind of odd.

    Oh, and Gus Johnson should replace Arlo White.

  70. Rory says:

    Hope Solo became famous in the public eye for blasting her coach and we are surprised she took a shot at a legend?

  71. bb says:

    “Solo is right but that doesn’t make her actions appropriate. Find a better way to deal with your problems.”

    Precisely. Being right in this case does not excuse creating an off the field distraction for your team. Focus on the game, you’re playing in the Olympics, time to focus up!

  72. hoosh says:

    There is a fine line between enthusiasm when a goal is scored, and unwarranted hyperbole which is exhibited by Gus. Still, he’s better than San Jose’s current home announcers.

  73. Roy says:

    Soft announcers don’t help either. My point is not that commentators should improve the team, but former nats players inherently want the team better. I’ve worked in sports media, and I’ve seen blatant cheerleaders and critical former players. In newsrooms it was also obvious which reporter favored a particular team. Yet fans would attack the reporters for honest but professional critiques of the team, and the attacks would state the reporter would hate the team.

    I remember when Jim Kelly, former Bills quarterback, retired and became an announcer. He didn’t last long even though he was polite and professional. The reason he didn’t make it was that he couldn’t turn a critical eye on his former NFL colleagues. Chastain is criticized for being honest, which supposedly hurts the game. What should annoy us is Chastain’s style, not her honesty. I’d still take a good critique from an annoying person rather than useless babbling from a likable commentator. I think Chastain has done more for the sport than Solo, and I’d argue that Chastain and her group are underappreciated for growing the sport back when the fan base was smaller.

    I want Solo to succeed, but she is a walking PR nightmare waiting to happen.

  74. GW says:


    As I said you you are confused or maybe not getting the point.

    Brandi’s contributions to US soccer do not mean diddly in this context. Bruce Arena did as much if not more for US soccer than her and I would not listen to his commentary for one second.

    I’m not criticising Brandi for being honest. Colombia are crap and the US played down to their level. It was about as much fun to watch as Kelly’s Bills losing some of those Super Bowl blowouts.

    It was a crap game to watch and Brandi did not enliven it at all. She does not tell a story, negative, postive or neutral, well. And that is how you judge her work, not by how much she has done for the game.

    I don’t care about Solo. She may be a PR disaster waiting to happen but along with Morgan and Abby, she keeps the media interested in this bunch of underachievers and the myth that they are a good team.

    Being something of a loose cannon works well in this era of ESPN encouraged and manufactured, phony “edginess”.

  75. Joseph D'Hippolito says:

    b, this was the situation in 2007:

    Solo started every match in the 2007 WWC until the semifinals, when Scurry started against Brazil, because then-coach Greg Ryan thought Scurry would play better, based on Scurry’s past experience against Brazil.

    Well, Scurry was awful and Brazil won handily. In the mixed zone afterward, an emotional Solo said that she would have stopped the shots that Scurry missed. To me, that’s nothing but a competitive athlete wearing her heart on her sleeve.

    But almost all of her teammates (led by Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach) decided to isolate Solo (whether under Ryan’s orders or on their own initiative; it really doesn’t matter). They forced her to eat by herself. They refused to let her train with the team. They prevented her from starting in the third-place game. They made her fly home by herself. They even shunned her during a post-tournament U.S. tour.

    That is not imposing discipline. That is trying to destroy somebody’s spirit and soul — especially when that somebody’s father died months before the WWC.

    The only exception, to my knowledge, was Carli Lloyd, who encouraged Solo to “stay strong.” Carli is the only player from that 2007 squad, except for Solo, whom I respect.

    Besides, if you want to know what kind of a sellout Wambach is and how she sucks up to authority, just google her name along with “Dan Borislaw” and “Ella Mazar” and see what comes up.

  76. tom says:

    How is Hope Solo watching the game? Does she have cable in the goal? or is she watching on her Iphone. Anyway I think she should be concentrating on the game. Distracted goal keeping will not get the gold medal.

  77. Joseph D'Hippolito says:

    biff, the two incidents are completely different. See my response to b about the 2007 WWC, when Solo’s “teammates” tried to destroy her after she spoke her mind about Scurry. I think this is personal animosity between Solo and Chastain. Otherwise, why would Solo make four tweets about the same comment? I admire Solo’s honesty. She calls it like she sees it and she’s not a politician like Foudy or Lalas — and, btw, I don’t really care what she looks like. But she needs to learn to be more discreet.

    Besides, if Wambach is the “heart and soul” of the team, then the team is in big trouble. Wambach is a bully and a suck-up to authority. She demonstrated that in China five years ago, and she demonstrated that when she coached MagicJack last year.

  78. Moe says:

    so Solo is the respectable one, because she threw her teammate under the bus? Biased much?

  79. kkicks20 says:

    Here is my take… Hope was out of line, and Brandi is awful. Neither should be allowed to speak in public.

  80. Thebumswillalwayslose says:

    Agree with the content of Solo’s comments, don’t agree with the avenue in which she expressed them and certainly don’t agree with the timing.

    In terms of what she said, she’s not wrong. Chastain displays a lot of the “in my day we were better, here’s what we would have done and why it should be that way” attitude that is typical of ex-players (aka, the Joe Morgan syndrome) who can’t recognize that the game as it currently exists is totally different than the game they played.

    Still, the timing of the comments and the venue she used to make them just adds an unnecessary distraction. Tell your teammates you have their back in private, play your game and then if you feel the need to make those comments after the Olympics, fine. Why now? What good does it do? Chastain won’t be taken off the broadcasts, I highly doubt she’ll change her style, and now your teammates will have to spend time answering “What do you think of Hope’s comments?” instead of “How are you preparing for the quarterfinals?”

  81. Joseph D'Hippolito says:

    Moe, I chalk up what Solo said about Scurry to a competitive athlete wearing her heart on her sleeve. I work as a free-lance sportswriter so I deal with athletes on a constant basis. I can well understand how somebody can resent being passed over by someone viewed as inferior.

    Yes, Solo needs to put mind in gear before mouth in motion. But the “punishment” did not fit the “crime.” By trying to isolate and shun her, her teammates made more of Solo’s comments than otherwise.

    I think there’s a lot more to this than just a few tweets. I think some people in the national women’s program (beyond Solo) deeply resent some of the 99ers because of the way the latter carry themselves. I’ve interviewed Chastain and she’s quite arrogant. That probably comes across in her commentary. I think there’s a lot of excessive reverence for the 99ers, that they can do no wrong because of what they did and what “pioneers” they were. I think a lot of us are tired of that storyline.

    Personally, I think what women’s soccer needs is another “Ball Four,” the kind of book that Jim Bouton wrote exposing the underbelly of the sport. I hope Solo’s upcoming biography does just that.