Hope Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former US soccer team star goaltender, was arrested Thursday in North Carolina and charged with driving, resisting arrest and child molestation, police said.
Ms Solo, 40, had her two children in the vehicle when she was arrested in the parking lot of a Winston-Salem store, police said. She was later released from the Forsyth County Detention Center, police said, adding that no further information was available.
A passer-by had noticed Ms Solo passed out behind the wheel for more than an hour with the vehicle’s engine running and her two-year-old twins in the back seat, The Associated Press reported, citing arrest reports.
“On counsel’s advice, Hope is unable to speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her children are her life, that she was immediately released and is now home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the initial ones charges and that she looks forward to her opportunity to defend those charges,” Rich Nichols, Ms. Solo’s attorney, said in a statement that was also available shared by Ms. Solo on twitter.
Ms. Solo is one of the most decorated players in US soccer history and was widely regarded as one of the best goaltenders in the world before her contract was terminated in 2016 for conduct that US soccer described as “violating the principles of the organization.” designated.
The termination – and a six-month suspension of the women’s national team – came after Ms Solo derided the Sweden women’s team, which defeated the United States in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as a “bunch of cowards” for their defensive play.
For more than a decade, Ms. Solo has been a dominant force between the goalposts. She won gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics and the London 2012 Olympics, and she led the USA team during its run to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015. She won two Golden Glove Awards for Best Goalkeeper at the World Cup in 2011 and 2015.
But their playing years have been marred by controversy that tested US soccer’s patience. She clashed with coaches, criticized teammates and clashed with former national team stars on social media.
In 2014, she was charged with double countenance in what police in Kirkland, Washington, described as an alcohol-related confrontation with her half-sister and nephew. US Soccer was criticized for not suspending Ms. Solo at the time. The case was dropped in 2018.
In 2015, Ms. Solo was in a borrowed police van with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, when he was arrested for drunk driving.
After learning through news reports that Ms Solo had been dating Mr Stevens and that she had argued with police when he was arrested, US Soccer suspended Ms Solo for 30 days. Coach Jill Ellis said Ms Solo made “a bad decision” that “had a negative impact on US Soccer and her teammates”. Ms Solo apologized at the time for “disappointing my teammates, coaches and the federation who have always supported me”.
After her contract ended in 2016, Ms. Solo ran unsuccessfully for the US Soccer presidency. She is scheduled to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas next month.
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