‘Intoxicated’ Hope Solo Arrested For Domestic Violence

By Shawn Dwyer 06/23/14

This isn’t the first time the U.S. soccer star has caused a public stir.

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Over the weekend, U.S. soccer star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo made news for her arrest on domestic violence charges stemming from an incident where she assaulted her sister and nephew during a house party near Seattle, Wash.

Police received a 911 call early Saturday morning about a woman who was “hitting people” and refusing to leave a residential home. Upon arrival, they heard a disturbance and found Solo “intoxicated and upset.” Solo’s sister and nephew had visible injuries, which led police to determine that the soccer star was “the primary aggressor and had instigated the assault.”

Solo currently plays goalie for the Seattle Reign. The team acknowledged the incident on Saturday with a tweet, "We are aware of the situation with Hope and are now gathering information."

This isn’t the first time Solo has been a part of public controversy. In 2012, she tested positive for a banned diuretic that she was unaware was part of her premenstrual medication. Later that year, her husband, Jerramy Stevens, was arrested for an alleged domestic violence incident that left Solo injured. Stevens was released for insufficient evidence and married Solo the next day.

"I have a bad rap," Solo told CNN about her public image. "People look at me as selfish, outspoken. But I know who I am."

Meanwhile, Solo is due in court on Monday to face two counts of domestic violence.

"Hope is not guilty of any crime," said her attorney, Todd Maybrown, in a written statement. "In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate incident. We look forward to the opportunity to present the true facts in court and to having this matter behind Hope very soon."

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