Kaylyn Kyle, a former Canadian soccer player and current commentator at Canadian sports network TSN, says she’s received death threats after sharing her opinion about the US women’s national team celebrating their goals after thrashing Thailand 13-0 at the World Cup.
Kyle criticised the the team on air on Tuesday after the US women ran up the score and continued to celebrate each goal throughout the match.
Numerous fans hit out at the over-the-top celebrating, especially when the Thai players would already have felt humiliated.
While some criticised the team for turning in what looks like a lopsided NFL score (despite goal differential being part of the tiebreaker for an easier draw in the knockout stage), Kyle focused on the celebrations.
"As a Canadian we would just never ever think of doing something like that,” she said.
“For me it's disrespectful, it's disgraceful ... Hats off to Thailand for holding their head high.”
Meghan Rapinoe, who scored one goal in the game and celebrated with airplane arms and kicks, said after the game: “obviously we have the utmost respect for everyone we play, but it's the World Cup.”
She also told Fox Sports that “our only crime was an explosion of joy.”
The debate between celebration and gritty acknowledgement has raged for ages, regardless of the score of any game.
Kyle doesn’t think excessive celebration was necessary and said so, which should be the end of it.
But since it’s sport, it wasn’t. Kyle tweeted on Wednesday night that she’d gotten death threats for her opinion. She also included a clarification of her comments.
“To the people sending me death threats, let me set the record STRAIGHT!,” she said.
“I never once said to never score as many goals as you can in a World Cup!!! PLEASE WATCH FULL SEGMENT! I said the exact opposite ITS THE WORLD CUP!!! You score as many as you can and don’t take the foot off the gas pedal!
“I did say i thought it was excessive and disrespectful the goal celebrations of the American team once the score hit 8-0.
“Everyone is allowed there (sic) opinions toward my thoughts 100% but please leave the death threats!
“I’m a big girl and love a good debate but there’s no need for this in this already crazy world! Love you all.”
This is the last I will comment on this issue.— Kaylyn Kyle (@KaylynKyle) June 11, 2019
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You may not agree with Kyle’s opinion about USA’s goal celebrations, but she makes one point that everyone should agree with: sports opinions are not worthy of death threats.