Abby Wambach Pleads Not Guilty to DUI, Admits Past Drug Use to Cops
There were a couple of strange twists in the Abby Wambach DUI case on Tuesday.
The first was that Wambach’s lawyer entered a plea of not guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon. This move caught some observers off-guard because it seemed like Wambach had more or less admitted to driving under the influence when she said “I take full responsibilities for my actions” in a Facebook post on Sunday. If she’s not guilty, for what actions is she taking responsibility?
Wambach addressed this in a Tweet Tuesday afternoon, reassuring fans that she’s not trying to shirk the blame and implying that she’s just going through the motions to get the best possible legal outcome:
My lawyer entered a not guilty plea on my behalf. This is standard procedure.I am owning this. Nothing has changed. https://t.co/sSwsPPPmxt
— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) April 5, 2016
The other strange twist was Wambach’s admission of past marijuana and cocaine use. It’s standard police procedure to ask people arrested for DUI’s about their drug and alcohol use, and apparently Wambach didn’t want to lie to the police. So she admitted that she smoked weed occasionally from 2004 to 2005, and that she “tried” coke in 2005.
This is probably not a huge deal. She was 24 or 25 at the time, and people make mistakes. However, it is nevertheless noteworthy since Wambach was already playing for the USWNT at the time.
Hopefully for her sake, and the sake of all the young soccer players who look up to her, Wambach gets this all sorted out quickly.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]