Personally, I would prefer to write about something besides Twitter fights, “new guard” clashing with “old guard” and all the attached egos that spilled out so unflatteringly this weekend around the U.S. women’s soccer team.
I recognize there’s a division in readership here, some enthralled by this Hope Solo social media dust-up, her toxic Twitter remarks aimed at NBC commentator Brandi Chastain, while there are others who believe the media should just move on.
But the media monster cannot and will not “just move on.” That’s just not the way the world works. As this thing happened over the weekend, a fresh round of recognized media pundits will weigh in today; I’ve heard some already this morning.
So perhaps the players in this poorly timed drama can help make it right today. The main protagonist will get her chance, apparently.
U.S. Soccer officials just confirmed to me that Hope Solo will be available to media today at a news conference at 4:45 p.m. in the UK. That’s 11:45 a.m. ET.
NBC’s voices Arlo White and Chastain will be there, too.
Solo’s best play here: say her piece, acknowledge the curious timing, cop to the fact that she’s created a minor, but wholly unnecessary and artificial distraction. If she does, the story dies. If she gets defensive and blames the media, the story lives. Pretty much that simple.