New Mexico soccer player was suspended. Elizabeth Lambert, New Mexico soccer player was involved in a physical altercation that landed her suspended from the New Mexico soccer program indefinitely. Elizabeth Lambert mauled an opponent from BYU, throwing her to the ground by her pony tail.
According to Examiner, after the Elizabeth Lambert “anger management” incident that got her suspended from New Mexico soccer, she issued the following apology:
I am deeply and wholeheartedly regretful for my actions. My actions were uncalled for. I let my emotions get the best of me in a heated situation. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept any punishment felt necessary from the coaching staff and UNM administration
So far, Elizabeth Lambert is suspended from all athletic facilities and programs indefinitely.
So should Elizabeth Lambert be suspended from soccer forever? Views are mixed. Personally, I don’t think her actions were the correct way to act. However, everyone makes mistakes. An indefinite suspension from the New Mexico soccer program seems to be a bit over-kill to me. Perhaps a suspension for the rest of the year would have been enough.
True to the school’s Christian roots, BYU student Rob Skidmore wrote an eloquent editorial about the Elizabeth Lambert soccer incident. He states:
What you did was inexcusable and you deserve to be punished. But no one deserves the amount of hate that has been directed at you over the last day. I hope you haven’t seen the YouTube video and read the comments because they are disgusting. There are a lot of unforgiving ignorant people in this world. Most of what has been said are empty words spoken in the heat of the moment. Much like you, people do or say things and regret them later. Sometimes the voice of reason gets lost in a storm of the reactionary.
That is why I feel a little hesitant saying this while the incident is so fresh in everyone’s minds. But I wanted you to know that we at BYU try to live by the Christian ideals that we profess, namely forgiveness. I hope that none of my fellow students have been a part of the vicious campaign against you. If so, then I apologize on their behalf.
Bloggers and sports writers aren’t the only ones focusing on Elizabeth Lambert. The Today show did a spread on the New Mexico soccer player. People are very harsh about the Elizabeth Lambert scenario.
As this article was written, 49% of Today Show Web site viewers that took an unscientific poll believed that Elizabeth Lambert should be expelled from school at New Mexico, 40% believe she shouldn’t be expelled from school, and the remainder thinks the Elizabeth Lambert issue wouldn’t be an issue if she were a boy.
One thing is certain – the actions of Elizabeth Lambert are uncalled for. However, as Rob Skidmore pointed out, the world’s comments about how vile a person she is are just as bad.
Daily Lobo: http://www.dailylobo.com/index.php/article/2009/11/lamberts_actions_inexcusable_but_she_deserves_forgiveness#comment2902
Today Show: http://community.todaymoms.com/_question/2009/11/09/3477115-should-soccer-player-be-thrown-out-of-school