Yes, Hope Solo's colorful past has definitely caught up with her. The fact that she's been suspended points to that. For athletes, both male and female, it's important to remember that they're in the spotlight. Little kids look to them as role models. That's why it's important for them to be more careful about what they say in public.
The suspension of Hope Solo has been a long time coming, and it's obvious that it's not just about her latest outburst. She has been dogged by bad press due to her immaturity for almost as long as she's been in the public eye. Hopefully she learns her lesson and straightens up, if only for her own sake.
Hope Solo is well know for her disrespectful and derogatory manner towards her team mates and anyone that she does not respect. She has multiple accounts of unfavorable and spiteful comments towards teammates, opposing teams, and even most recently toward the Swedish team during the Olympics. In addition she was also at the center of a domestic violence controversy, in which she allegedly assaulted her husband. Until now Hope Solo has had very little consequence for her actions. I feet that Hope Solo's suspension is a long time culmination of her past actions and it has finally caught up with her.
Hope Solo's suspension was an attempt by the National Soccer Association to try and assert their authority over players. Basically, they used Hope Solo as an example in order to try and prevent any other players from speaking their mind to the media. Solo's past in the past and should be kept that way, for it has nothing to do with her present affairs.