Hope Solo Suspended 30 Days by US Soccer After Latest Run-In with Police
Well, Hope Solo is officially a train wreck. The 33-year-old star of the United States women’s national soccer team cannot keep herself out of trouble.
Granted, we’re not talking about NFL trouble here. She’s not murdering people. But she definitely has more legal issues than most of us.
Her latest run-in with the law? Solo and her husband, former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, were driving in Manhattan Beach, California, around 1:30 a.m. this past Monday when they got pulled over for driving without headlights. Officers soon determined that Stevens, the driver, was under the influence. He refused a breathalyzer test, but they booked his for a DUI anyway.
Solo, being the passenger, was not arrested. However, according to “law enforcement sources” who spoke to TMZ, she was acting belligerent toward police officers and nearly got arrested for disorderly conduct.
Given Solo’s tempestuous personality, the notion that she was acting belligerent hardly comes as a shock. In 2007 she openly criticized her coach for starting Briana Scurry in goal in the semifinals of the World Cup. In 2011 Solo lashed out at former USWNT teammate and current ESPN analyst Julie Foudy for daring to criticize the team’s performance. In 2012 Solo was involved in a domestic dispute that led to the arrest of Stevens, then her fiancée. And last June, Solo was arrested and charged with two counts of domestic assault after an altercation with her sister and nephew.
This history certainly factored in to US Soccer’s decision on Tuesday to suspend Solo from the USWNT for 30 days. Solo, who lives outside Seattle, was in California this week for a US Soccer training camp. The reports of her behavior during her husband’s arrest come just one week after those domestic assault chargers were dropped.
“During our current national team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates,” explained coach Jill Ellis in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team.”
Solo accepted the suspension and issued an apology. “I apologize for disappointing my teammates, coaches and the federation, who have always supported me,” she said. “I think it’s best for me to take a break, decompress from the stress of the last several months, and come back mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team.”
Hopefully Solo takes some time off and gets her act together. She doesn’t have too many more years as the USWNT’s starting keeper. It would be a shame if she wasted them.
Hat Tip – [New York Times]