Last June, police in Kirkland, Washington arrested US soccer star Hope Solo (Hope Stevens is her married name) and charged her with two counts of domestic violence.
Ms. Solo adamantly denies that she was ever the aggressor and tells reporters that she was the actual victim in the incident.
The charges were later dismissed by a judge on "procedural grounds," but the prosecutor filed an appeal, hoping to continue the case. Oral arguments on the appeal are expected this September--which will allow Solo to play during the World Cup that started this weekend.
What exactly happened the night that Solo and family members became involved in a confrontation?
That is unclear.
It is interesting to read the official report that was released by law enforcement.
It describes Solo on the morning of arrest as a combative, belligerent, and intoxicated individual as she was processed by local authorities. Displaying these behaviors not with one or two officers, but with the handful of law enforcement personnel that she encountered at different locations while in custody.
Question for you Ms. Solo:
Do you really expect me to believe that you were NOT combative, belligerent, and intoxicated during the June family altercation when you displayed the combative, belligerent, and intoxicated behaviors to law enforcement shortly after the arrest?
This seems like just a continuation of her actions.
Combine this with the previous domestic incident involving her current husband (former NFL player Jerramy Stevens) on the day before their marriage, along with her "almost arrest" for disorderly conduct in January when that same husband was being investigated for DUI, and I do not have a positive impression of the US team's soccer goalie.
The description of Solo at all of the incidents seems to be consistent: combative, belligerent, and intoxicated.
It is sad that her sport's status could allow her to impact so many young fans in a positive way, yet she is consistently in the news for the wrong reasons.
I hope that she receives the help that she evidently needs.
But until then, I doubt that Hope Solo's encounters with the criminal justice system will cease.
You can review ESPN's story on Solo by clicking here or read the police report on her actions at the booking facilities by going here.
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