'I'm Like, That Is Not Me:' Dirty Soccer Player

Elizabeth Lambert confused, remorseful about hair-pulling episode
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2009 11:10 AM CST

Elizabeth Lambert is confused, remorseful, and a little defensive about some much-publicized bad behavior on the soccer field that got her suspended from the University of New Mexico team. “There were times in the game where I was literally like, ‘All right, Elizabeth, you’ve got to get control’ of myself,” she tells the New York Times. “I look at it and I’m like, ‘That is not me.’ I have so much regret." But all of the attention is a bit misplaced—and creepy.

“Because I am a female it did bring about a lot more attention than if a male were to do it,” Lambert continues. “It’s more expected for men to go out there and be rough.” Lambert says because of the incident—she pulled another player to the ground by her ponytail and was later yellow-carded for tripping—she’s received some threatening emails suggesting she be “raped and left for dead in a ditch.” But the amorous ones from men who found the "catfight" sexy are perhaps more disturbing. “That appalled me,” she says. “That’s bizarre and shocking to me.” (More Elizabeth Lambert stories.)

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