Hope Solo Given 30-Day Suspension for Husband's DUI

By McCarton Ackerman 01/23/15

The soccer star was given swift punishment for letting her husband, Jerramy Stevens, drive a team van drunk.

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Soccer star Hope Solo has been suspended from the U.S. National soccer team over her involvement in the DUI case related to her husband, Jerramy Stevens.

Stevens was pulled over on Jan. 19 in front of a hotel in Manhattan Beach, Calif., while Solo was in the vehicle. TMZ reported that he was driving a U.S. Soccer team van at the time of his arrest and that his blood alcohol level was around a .32, or four times the legal limit.

Solo was also reportedly intoxicated and being a “major pain” towards law enforcement officials by recording the incident on the phone, in addition to pulling the “Don’t you know who we are?” card. Sources claim her behavior nearly led to her being arrested for disorderly conduct.

"I accept and respect the Federation's decision, and more importantly, I apologize for disappointing my teammates, coaches and the Federation who have always supported me," said Solo in a statement posted to her Facebook page. "I think it's best for me to take a break, decompress from the stress of the last several months, and come back mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team." She will be able to apply for reinstatement once her suspension ends.

Earlier this month, the two-time Olympic gold medalist saw domestic violence charges against her dropped. Back in June 2014, an “intoxicated and upset” Solo reportedly assaulted her sister and nephew during a house party near Seattle, Wash. Both the sister and nephew had visible injuries after the attack.

In a July 2012 interview with ESPN The Magazine, Solo also admitted to being drunk on Today in 2008 as the show honored her for winning the Olympic gold medal. She chalked up the incident to a hard night out that carried into the next morning and said it was common for top athletes to both work hard and play hard.

"Athletes are extremists," she explained. "When they're training, it's laser focus. When they go out for a drink, it's 20 drinks."

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