Hope Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former star goaltender for the United States soccer team, was arrested in North Carolina on Thursday and charged with impaired driving, resisting arrest and child abuse. children, police said.
Ms. Solo, 40, had her two children in the vehicle when she was arrested in the parking lot of a Winston-Salem business, police said. She was later released from the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center, police said, adding that no further information was available.
A passer-by had noticed that Ms Solo passed out behind the wheel for over an hour with the vehicle’s engine running and her 2-year-old twins in the backseat, The Associated Press reportedciting arrest reports.
“On the advice of a lawyer, Hope cannot speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her children are her life, that she was released immediately and is now home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest, and that they look forward to the opportunity to defend these charges,” Rich Nichols, Ms Solo’s attorney, said in a statement. shared by Ms. Solo on Twitter.
Ms Solo is one of the most decorated players in American football history and was widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world before her contract was terminated in 2016 for what American football called a “conduct contrary to the principles of the organization”.
The termination – and a six-month suspension from the women’s national team – came after Ms Solo derided the Swedish women’s team which beat the United States in the quarter-finals of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 calling them “a bunch of cowards” for their defensive style of play.
For more than a decade, Ms Solo had been a dominant force between the goal posts. She won gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London, and she anchored Team USA during their championship run at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. won two Golden Glove Awards as the best goalkeeper at the World Cup, in 2011 and 2015.
But his playing years were clouded by controversies that tested American football’s patience. She clashed with coaches, teammates criticized and fought with former national team stars on social networks.
In 2014, she was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault in what Kirkland, Wash., police described as an alcohol-fueled confrontation with her stepsister and nephew. US Soccer was criticized for not suspending Ms Solo at the time. The case was fired in 2018.
In 2015, Ms Solo was with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, in a borrowed team van when he was pulled over for drunk driving.
After learning from news reports that Ms Solo had been with Mr Stevens and argued with police during his arrest, US Soccer suspended Ms Solo for 30 days. Coach Jill Ellis said Ms Solo made “a bad decision” which “had a negative impact on US Soccer and her teammates”. Ms Solo apologized at the time for having “disappointed my teammates, the coaches and the federation, who have always supported me”.
After her contract was terminated in 2016, Ms Solo unsuccessfully ran for president of US Soccer. Next month, she is to be inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas.