From both sides now.
Thinking back on this whole deal with Hope Solo, it reminds me a little of the difference between English (as a school subject) and math.
In English, a student could write a whole paper on the heroic qualities of the big bad wolf, and with a well-reasoned argument, probably get a good grade. In math, if 2 plus 1 equals anything less or more than three little pigs, the answer is wrong.
The problem with the USWNT is that they tried to make English into math. Now, I've explained before how from the start I took Solo's comments to essentially mean 1) I have confidence in my ability 2) Soccer people know this decision is unprecedented 3) It's 2007, so the logic of deciding anything based on 2004 is bogus.
She didn't actually say it quite that cleanly, but that's the gist that I got out of it. I believe it's a valid interpretation.
However, I think other interpretations could also be valid, including the idea that Solo betrayed the team and didn't criticize only Greg Ryan, but also Briana Scurry. I may disagree with that viewpoint, but it's a big world, and there's room for different perspectives.
A lot of people have run a gamut of opinions on this, including some who feel that she did speak out of turn, but it wasn't that big a deal.
In their united action against Solo, the USWNT hasn't left room for any other possibility other than the one in which Solo is a complete backstabber. There's no benefit of the doubt given as to anything else that her words could have meant, no chance that she was disagreeing with a single decision and the reasons given for it. On an issue where all kinds of people have landed all over the place, the team took punitive measures that were clearly based just on a very negative interpretation of what Solo said.
Otherwise, how could they ever justify what they did - denying someone the right to attend the medal ceremony of an earned honor, for example? The court of public opinion may be divided as to the meaning of the statements Solo made, but the team is not. Solo + talking = banishment.