Abby Wambach gave a workshop in New York and was asked if the team not allowing Hope Solo to claim her third-place medal in the official ceremony was too harsh a punishment.
"We're losing sight of the reasons why our coach and our team decided not to have her around. There is a bigger picture. We all are responsible for our actions. We all have to look at these situations differently. It's easy to look on and say I feel bad for her, but it was what was best for the team," Wambach said.
Funny that Wambach doesn't specify what the reasons for not having Solo around were. "was best for the team" is rather vague. Does she mean, "It made us feel better to not look at her while we collected the award she helped us earn"?
Unfortunately, I think the actions and words of Wambach continue to disillusion those who hoped Solo's own teammates were not behind her banishment, that it was somehow all orchestrated by Greg Ryan. Ryan no doubt supported it, but it seems quite clear that he was aided and abetted by at least some key team members.