Shots fired! Abby Wambach is doubling down on her criticism of foreign born soccer stars playing for the U.S. national teams. The fiercely patriotic former women’s star is questioning if they care enough about America to truly give their best on the field!
Abby Wambach, 36, is still not a fan of foreigner born players when it comes to representing the U.S. Men’s National soccer team. Even though her comments back in Dec. 2015 about U.S. Men’s National team’s coach Jurgen Klinsmann‘s reliance on “foreign guys” got her labelled “xenophobic” by some players, she’s still making her voice heard on the topic.
“It’s just my opinion, and I’m entitled to that,” she told the New York Times Oct. 10. “It feels a little bit odd to me that you have some guys that have never lived in the United States that play for the United States because they were able to secure a passport. To me, that just feels like they weren’t able to make it for their country and earn a living, so they’re coming here.” Umm, that does sound a tad discriminatory Abby.
She kept doubling down on her sentiments, questioning if they are willing to give 100 percent on the field representing the U.S. of A. “But do they have that killer instinct? I don’t know,” she continued. “I’d love to sit down with Mix Diskerud and some of these other guys and talk to them about it. I’d love to understand how much they love their country. I believe they can have love for both countries, but I’d love to hear it, and I think so many other people would, too. If this is an ignorant opinion, I’ll raise my hand in the end and say, ‘My bad.’ But I’d want to have that conversation.”
It’s curious that she’d bring up Mix, because he’s AMERICAN! He was born in Norway to a Norwegian father and AMERICAN mother and he made his sentiments known the first time Abby shot her mouth off on the topic. She said on Bill Simmons‘ Dec. 16, 2015 podcast of Coach Klinsmann that, “I believe the way he has changed and brought in a bunch of these foreign guys is just not something I believe in. Wholeheartedly, I don’t believe in it. I don’t believe it in my heart.” Mix fired back in a lengthly response that she should, “Think about who you try to disenfranchise. Because if you see us as the group to disenfranchise, then at least let it be known who we are.”
And if you can dish out criticism, like make xenophobic comments, than I'm sure you can take criticism also when you mess up.
— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) April 3, 2016
New Jersey born Alejanro Bedoya even brought up her initial “xenophobic” comments when Abby got a DUI in Apr. He joked on Twitter that her arrest was probably the result of a foreign national player and bashed her for her sentiments.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Abby’s comments are discriminatory?