Many are calling Elizabeth Lambert of New Mexico the dirtiest women’s soccer player in history. And against BYU, aren’t Mormon girls nice? What set her off…?
Throwing elbows, punching in the back, tripping, hair pulling, kicking into someone’s face and sucker punches? Sounds like a typical scrum between young siblings. Well, in the 2009 MWN semifinal match between BYU and New Mexico, there was no lipstick, no perfume and no fingernail polish. There was, however, good old fashioned chick fighting.
Check out the BYU’s Kassidy Shumway (21) getting her bell rung (or neck snapped) by New Mexico’s Elizabeth Lambert (15). I loved a good chick fight as much as the next guy, but c’mon. That’s the equivalent of a guy hitting below the belt. That’s bush league, sweetie. Yep, bush league.
That’s what’s bad about video these days, word gets around fast, and punishments are doled out retroactively rather quickly. Colleges can’t just let these things go when a video is being showing all over the web, making their school look bad.
Effective immediately, Lambert is prohibited from participating in all team practices, competition and conditioning activities.
I’d have to say though, sure she was the one who was punching and pulling hair, but I bet the New Mexico coach was pushing her to play aggressively, maybe just not this aggressively. I’m just saying the coach maybe should accept part of the responsibility and stand up for the player a little bit.
Update: From the NY Times.
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