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New OTL Report Suggests Hope Solo Domestic Violence Case May Not Be Over After All
This is not the kind of press the United States women’s national soccer team was hoping to get on the eve of their 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup opener.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines have been investigating the events surrounding the arrest of USWNT goalie Hope Solo on two counts of domestic violence last summer. On Sunday, they published their report.
It’s not good news for Hope Solo.
On June 21, 2014, there was some sort of altercation between Solo, her half-sister, Teresa Obert, and Obert’s 17-year-old son. When police arrived on the scene, they interviewed everyone involved and concluded that Solo was the primary aggressor. So they arrested her.
In January the case was dismissed by Kirkland (WA) Municipal Court judge Michael Lambo. In February, Solo began a PR campaign to rehabilitate her public image. It began with an appearance on Good Morning America in which she insisted that she was the victim, that her brutish, 6-foot-8, 270-pound nephew was the aggressor, and that the court had exonerated her. It ended just last week in a puff piece from espnW in which she breaks down crying while talking about the “hell” she’s been through.
The irony is that, while Solo was being propped up by Disney-owned ABC and Disney-owned espnW, Disney-owned Outside the Lines was working on a story that would tear her down. They interviewed Solo’s sister and nephew and obtained their sworn depositions, as well as those of the arresting officers. And pretty much all the evidence suggests Solo was not the victim.
There are a few discrepancies in the accounts of Teresa Obert and her son. For example, both later claimed that Solo slammed the son’s head against the concrete floor in Obert’s garage, but they didn’t tell that to police officers on the night of the incident. However, police officers didn’t need to hear that part of the story to arrest Solo. They saw the visible wounds on Obert and her son. They smelled the booze on Solo, who had showed up at Obert’s house upset and stinking drunk. And they sensed something was off because Solo refused to talk about how the fight had started. It was clear to them that Solo had been the one who started the fight.
The biggest revelation from the Outside the Lines report? It was almost certainly this:
It was early in the morning on June 21, 2014, and Hope Solo had just been arrested on two counts of domestic violence. The police were trying to book her into jail, but Solo was so combative that she had to be forced to the ground, prompting her to yell at one officer, “You’re such a b****. You’re scared of me because you know that if the handcuffs were off, I’d kick your ass.”
Solo, perhaps the best women’s soccer goalie in the world, had repeatedly hurled insults at the officers processing her arrest, suggesting that two jailers were having sex and calling another officer a “14-year-old boy.” When asked to remove a necklace, an apparently drunk Solo told the officer that the piece of jewelry was worth more than he made in a year.
So what now? Well, the domestic violence case against Solo was thrown out due to a technicality. Now Kirkland prosecutors are taking the very rare step of appealing that decision. Which is very bad news for Solo and the USWNT.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]