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USWNT’s Carli Lloyd aims to emulate Shaq and Barkley as an analyst

Former USWNT star Carli Lloyd appeared on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network show, Cold as Balls, to discuss the criticism she faces in her role as a FOX Sports analyst.

Carli Lloyd expressed her belief that the women’s game lacks sufficient room for ‘honest’ opinions in commentary and critique, and the backlash she receives is a result of people not grasping that perspective.

Her controversial commentary included criticism of the USWNT during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where they exited the tournament in the quarterfinals for the first time in history.

She said: “What’s great about it is you get our own opinions. Right. And that comes with a lot of flack sometimes, but I’ve always been somebody that’s truly valued, being authentic. For women’s sports and women’s soccer in general, we need to get to a place where we can critique, where we can offer more opinions, because I listened to these other commentators… Shaq, Barkley, I mean, they’re hilarious. Yes, you know, and they’ve experienced it, they get it, they see things… they offer their opinion. I get so much flack because I’m speaking truth and honesty and stuff that I’ve experienced and I’ve seen… which should be embraced.”

Carli Lloyd, at 41 years old, expressed her aspiration to emulate NBA on TNT analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley in her role as an analyst. Both Shaq and Barkley, former NBA players, are known for voicing their opinions and fostering camaraderie on set.

Lloyd, with her candid and opinionated takes on social media, including X (formerly Twitter), has faced challenges in attracting fans and followers due to her straightforward approach.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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