Following retired World Cup Soccer Champion Abby Wambach’s arrest for drink-driving, the US men’s team took to social media to take a dig at her. The jeering may have followed Wambach’s comments on USMNT Coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s inclusion of too many “foreign guys” in the team.
In response to a tweet by Fox Soccer on her arrest, Alejandro Bedoya, a USMNT player and a Columbian-American, wrote, “@FoxSoccer must’ve been a foreign American player’s fault.”
Bedoya’s tweet prompted a response from Jozy Altidore, who tweeted, “Should’ve used one of the team vans. Lol.”
The statement appeared to be alluding to an earlier incident involving Hope Solo and her husband Jeremy Stevens, an ex-NFL player. The couple was intercepted by police while driving an official US Soccer van.
Portland police Sgt. Peter Simpson said in a statement on Sunday that Wambach, 35, was stopped by police after she drove past a red light signal in her Range Rover on Saturday night. Simpson added that she was arrested after she failed field sobriety tests.
According to Simpson, she also failed a breath test at the police precinct.
Wambach said in a statement on Facebook that she was arrested while returning from a friend’s place after dinner.
“Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down. I take full responsibility for my actions,” the Fox News quoted her Facebook statement. “This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated. I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.”
However, the Portland Bureau said that Wambach was “polite and cooperative throughout the investigation.”
After a few Twitter users criticised the mocking tweets by the USMNT players, Bedoya responded saying that this showed that there are some people to whom athletic achievements matter more than human life, the Mail Online reported.