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Women’s Soccer Legend Abby Wambach Arrested for DUI
Recently retired women’s soccer legend Abby Wambach, 35, was arrested in Portland Saturday night for driving under the influence.
Police pulled her over at 11:05 p.m. when she ran a red light. She was arrested after failing a field sobriety test and taken to Portland’s Central Precinct, where she failed a breathalyzer test. Wambach was then booked at 2:02 a.m. and charged with a DUII—driving under the influence of intoxicants.
The police described Wambach as “polite and cooperative.” She was eventually released on her own recognizance.
Later Sunday, Wambach issued an apology to fans, friends, and families on Facebook.
Given her incredible accomplishments on the field, Wambach has long been a role model for young athletes, particularly for young female soccer players. Unfortunately, her reputation is going to take a bit of a hit. In fact, one of her sponsors, the car company MINI, is already taking a step back.
“This behavior is against the values we promote as an organization, and the safety of everyone on the road is a priority here at MINI,” the company said in a statement. “Because of this, we are re-evaluating her association with the brand and are pulling content that individually features Abby from our marketing. We will continue to assess the situation and weigh our options.”
Wambach’s image is not beyond rehabilitation, which is why MINI has not cut all ties permanently. Her Facebook post—in which she owned up and took full responsibilities for her actions—was certainly a step in the right direction. Where this all goes from here is up to her.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]