Image credit: Oscar Durand, Democrat & Chronicle
My hometown paper has a feature on soccer star Abby Wambach, returned from China and a World Cup third-place finish.
Her comments on the controversy with her teammate who publicly criticized the coach:
People may agree or disagree with what we did or what (coach) Greg (Ryan) did, but the fact of the matter is we’ve lost sight of what the essence of a team is. You don’t throw your coach under the bus. … It’s an unwritten rule. We all know that.
Professional sports have taken a road that it’s almost second nature to (question coaches) because, ‘I’m not getting mine,’ (but) it’s still not OK. We are women that do things the right way, even if it’s a hard thing to do.
I blogged about this last week. I’m still not totally convinced that criticism, when given and taken in an adult way, isn’t a good thing. And using Wambach’s own analysis, the player was thrown under the bus after the coach was deposited there. The public nature of it struck me as not only a two-tiered system of coach and player–which is there, no doubt, but also possibly of men-women–which may also be there. And that would be wrong.
On the other hand, Wambach’s comments shows a willingness to take the high road. Compared to the corporate-driven sports, that’s a refreshing change.