Lambert's the young all-conference academic defender for the New Mexico Lobos who everyone started calling mean sexist names after she got really chippy in a game against BYU.
Video comes off pretty bad. She definitely should have been tossed from the game:
Naturally, she got the Internet goin nutz like Paul Wall. The video went viral, and though it did spark some discussion about women's soccer in general, that was mostly drowned out by people calling her a bitch and the C-word and claiming she should be banned for life - or sent to state prison/raped, according to this NYT article.
Also in that piece, which makes her look pretty good:
“I definitely feel because I am a female it did bring about a lot more attention than if a male were to do it,” Lambert said. “It’s more expected for men to go out there and be rough. The female, we’re still looked at as, Oh, we kick the ball around and score a goal. But it’s not. We train very hard to reach the highest level we can get to. The physical aspect has maybe increased over the years. I’m not saying it’s for the bad or it’s been too overly aggressive. It’s a game. Sports are physical.”
She's got a point. Never mind the internet-at-large, they're going to be misogynist until men finally stop going to college altogether and can't keep the 56k on. [Fellas, we really need to study harder.] But sources from the WWL to the 'sphere reported it with a 'LOOKIT THIS CATFIGHTING PSYCHO' slant.
Graham Hays already put it down on this subject of inherent sexism in coverage, but allow me to elaborate with a few examples.
Vinnie Jones was and is lionized for the type of dirty play he engaged in. Sports Illustrated once put Kevin Gogan on their cover for being the dirtiest player in the NFL. Professional hockey will never outlaw fighting.
Apparently, competitiveness boiling over into scrapping is a lot more acceptable if you've got a Y chromosome. Although I guess the ref didn't see it that way - cards should have come out way early in that game. [And other than the hair-pulling, this type of stuff is part and parcel of the beautiful game for both genders. Watch a highschool match sometime.]
Lambert should be back on the team at some point next year, and the next time WNBA players get into a shoving match or Danica and Milka get into it, I'd love it if we treated them like Gogan or Jones or infamous hypercompetitive douchenozzle Michael Jordan. Women want to win, too. Lambert should have been red-carded for breaking the rules. She shouldn't have been lambasted from all sides for not being dainty.