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November 18, 2009 10:30 AM

Notorious Female Soccer Player Speaks

Lambert takedown.jpg Elizabeth Lambert, the University of New Mexico soccer player who has become infamous for her dirty play against BYU a few weeks ago, spoke for the first time about the incident on Tuesday.

"I have so much regret. I can't believe I did that ... In that one moment, I let it all get into my head,"

"That will never happen again. I will never lose my head like that again... I apologize ... I should've handled that situation a lot better than I did."

"I look at it and I'm like, 'That is not me,' "

"It was just something that I shouldn't have done. I lost my head."

The quotes in italics are from Lambert, the ones in bold are from LeGarrette Blount. Blount, a running back for Oregon, punched a Boise State player back in September and also had to be restrained by police when fans heckled him as he exited the stadium.

I point out these similarities because many, including Lambert, think her incident was blown out of proportion because she's female. "I definitely feel because I am a female it did bring about a lot more attention than if a male were to do it." I don't know if you remember the amount of outrage written about LeGarrette Blount, but it actually was much greater than what Lambert has received in the mainstream media.



Of course, this has to do with men's college football being a much more popular sport and Oregon being a top football program. But I think mainstream media was appalled at both actions and didn't discriminate based on gender.

Outside of the mainstream media is a different situation:

She said she was taken aback at how the incident had been perceived by some as sexy catfighting between two women. She said she was aghast that some men had sent her messages saying, "Hey, we should meet up some time."

"That appalled me," Lambert said. "A lot of people think I have a lot of sexual aggression. I was like, 'Whoa, no, I don't feel that way at all.' That's bizarre and shocking to me."

But this type of reaction isn't normal. The majority of people didn't think this way. In both cases, the players were suspended indefinitely. Blount has since been reinstated and Lambert will seek reinstatement in the Spring. I just think the gender card has been played a little too much in this scenario. The biggest difference between these two cases is that Lambert isn't used to such press coverage the way LeGarrette Blount was. For her, being in the national spotlight for nefarious reasons must have been much more difficult. I can understand her making the assumption that the amount of coverage was because of her gender. But I think she is mistaken if she thinks our outrage over her acts are enhanced because she's a female.


Those Soccer Plays, in Context - New York Times

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