Hope Solo Rips USWNT, Megan Rapinoe Over Settlement, 'Infuriating'
Hope Solo Rips Rapinoe, USWNT Over Settlement ... 'Infuriating'
2/24/2022 6:44 AM PT
Not everyone is happy about the $24 million settlement between the U.S. Women's National Team and the U.S. Soccer Federation -- Hope Solo says the deal is "infuriating" and is calling out Megan Rapinoe in the process.
"This settlement is not a 'huge win,'" the 2-time Olympic gold medalist said via Instagram on Wednesday.
"It's heartbreaking and infuriating. A 'promise' of equal pay from the Federation and backpay for a select group of players isn't equal pay and it's not what this fight was about."
U.S. Soccer and @USWNT are proudly standing together in a shared commitment to advancing equality in soccer. pic.twitter.com/Sp8q7NY0Up— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) February 22, 2022 @ussoccer
As we previously reported, the USSF agreed to dispense $22 million amongst the players ($2 million for post-career ventures) after players sued for "institutionalized gender discrimination" in 2019.
Solo says she went through all the details ... and felt some type of way about the "Contingent upon the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement" part.
"It doesn't exist yet and is not guaranteed," Solo said.
"If the players had ever been successful in negotiating an equal CBA, there would've been no reason to sue the Federation in the first place."
Solo also slammed former USWNT teammates Rapinoe and Alex Morgan for accepting the deal -- just a day after Rapinoe said on "Good Morning America" that she was proud of all the hard work.
“It’s a really amazing day. I think we're going to look back on this day and say this is the moment that, you know, U.S. Soccer changed for the better.” — @mPinoe on the #USWNT reaching a historic agreement in gender discrimination case. https://t.co/kWY5S6eOU4 pic.twitter.com/k6Wf2rx9qM— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 22, 2022 @GMA
"Throughout the entire process, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan were the two most agreeable with the Federation," Solo said, "and to this day, continue to accept terms that are nowhere near what we set out to do."
"They both know this is not a win. They know it's an easy out of a fight they were never really in."