Former Canadian soccer player Kaylyn Kyle, a World Cup analyst for TSN, said late Monday she had received death threats after criticizing the U.S. women’s national team. Kyle called out the Americans for celebrating every goal in a 13-0 blowout of Thailand.
“As a Canadian, we would just never ever think of doing something like that,” Kyle originally said, in part, on the TSN broadcast. “For me, it’s disrespectful, it’s disgraceful. Hats off to Thailand for holding their head high.”
On Tuesday, she tweeted a response to clarify and address the backlash:
“To the people sending me death threats, let me set the record STRAIGHT! 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. IT’S 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 their opinions towards my thoughts 100%, but please leave the death threats!”
Kyle is a former midfielder who won a bronze medal with Canada in 2012 and retired in 2017. She played for several years in the National Women’s Soccer League alongside Americans.