I’ve watched this video over and over again now, and I still can’t understand why, in any of these egregiously unsporting incidents, none of the women mistreated by Elizabeth Lambert turned around to treat this woman to an elbow in her jaw.
The ugliness unfolds in a kind of crazy silence — Lambert punches a woman in the back, nothing happens. She clotheslines another player, nothing happens. A vicious kick to the face, nothing. A head is snapped back; still no one rises up in fury and outrage.
And where are the refs? Where are the coaches? Where are the fans? And most especially where are the teammates?
If a pitcher intentionally hits a batter with a pitch, that batter is likely to drop her bat and head toward the mound, and if someone doesn’t stop it, there’s going to be a melee because the whole team will surge out of the dugout in fury.
Same goes for these kinds of behaviors on the basketball court, in a hockey game, and on the football field.
So why did this unbelievably inappropriate behavior continue to unfold in silent, unreproached ugliness? Yes, it’s getting media attention now. What I want to know is why it didn’t arouse outrage when it was happening.
What the hell was going on here?