Should Elizabeth Lambert come forward to do a national television interview? By now you have probably seen the video of the soccer player gone bad. Elizabeth Lambert has been villanized on ESPN and several other national television networks for her action in a soccer contest against BYU. The most profound moment was when she pulled a BYU player down by her hair. Elizabeth Lambert released a statement and apology through New Mexico. She has since been suspended indefinitely by her school.
The question now is where does Elizabeth Lambert go from here? Is she a dirty soccer player or did she just completely lose her cool? In her defense, Elizabeth Lambert was elbowed and the other players grabbed at her mid section during portions of the game. Could her actions have been provoked during the course of the game? Of course that wouldn’t justify the extent of what she did on that soccer field. But it could provide folks who are following the now viral story an inside glimpse as to why she might have absolutely lost it.
It’s perhaps the most publicity, unfortunately, that a college soccer match has ever received. NCAA Titles don’t get this much play on the national news. It’s certainly the most publicity a womens soccer match has ever seen. In an ironic twist, the whole incident could turn out to be good for the game by bringing it into the national spotlight. There won’t be live television for many matches across the country but it certainly put women’s soccer into the national spotlight for a few days. That’s more than I can say for any other incident, good or bad. There are some minor victories to be made here. The first victory is that athletes across the country will be shown what not to do when you get very very upset. There is a good sense of right and wrong to come from this entire incident and, don’t worry, the national media will tell us what that is. Over and over again.
Elizabeth Lambert has the opportunity now to do the right thing and be available for a national interview or two. She might even get paid for it if she picks the correct outlet. Lambert is famous thanks to the viral impact of a You Tube video showing her being a “bad girl” on the soccer field. It’s kind of funny that the Detroit “Bad Boy” Pistons were kind of turned into heros for their “Bad Boy” acts on the court. Flagrant elbows, hard fouls and cheap shots from guys like Bill Laimbeer and Dennis Rodman were just fine in the men’s basketball world. But a girl doing the same thing isn’t quite adorned. Sure, those were cheap shots in a collegiate event. I could never justify what she did and how things kind of escalated in that soccer match. Nor would I try. But I certainly see a bit of a double standard in terms of men are allowed to be more physical in their own sport.
Soccer can be a brutal sport. There are bumps, hits and elbows when players are trying to get position throughout the course of a game. Sometimes the officials will make a call and then sometimes not. There are a whole lot of flops, too. A flop is when a player acts like he or she has been hit or pushed and actually hasn’t.
The truth is it can be a brutally physical game. It doesn’t surprise me that this eventually was going to happen and be caught on tape. Elizabeth Lambert wasn’t right for letting it escalate but people need to be aware of the nature of the game and what can happen. These girls are playing a tough physical sport and doing it without pads. Sometimes the physical nature leads to some extremely ticked off kids. The officials never carded the girl or her opponents and let the incident escalate. The coaches also failed to derail the whole incident by allowing it to happen. Somebody, somewhere should have seen things were getting out of control. Elizabeth Lambert should have been riding the bench at some point before the entire ordeal got worse. That I don’t completely understand.
Still, Lambert should come forward and do a national television interview at some point to explain it. Lambert is already a villain in many people’s eyes. She’s probably just an ordinary girl who let a few elbows and punches escalate into a really bad situation. A national television interview could change the scope of how she is portrayed. Lambert has an opportunity to apologize first off. It would also be nice to see the BYU players take up for some of her actions because it was the heat of the battle. I am sure BYU players are being told not to talk about the incident, too. They probably have to remain tight lipped per instructions from the University. Some of the BYU players though were seen throwing elbows, too. This kind of thing was not as completely one-sided as it is being portrayed. For that, I’d like to see what Elizabeth Lambert would have to say in a national television interview. Maybe she would do the Today Show or Larry King. I am sure the television stations are absolutely hoping to have her on. An interview with Elizabeth Lambert would certainly mean ratings. And that’s what television is all about anyway. Not only would it make for good television but it would also further publicize the sport of soccer. I hope Elizabeth Lambert decides to go for it. She definitely has nothing to lose.