United States women’s national team and Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo was arrested early Saturday for investigation of two counts of domestic-violence assault, as first reported by the Seattle Times.
However, Solo’s attorney insists that his client his innocent and that Solo was in fact the victim.
“Hope is not guilty of any crime,” attorney Todd Maybrown said in an email to The Associated Press. “In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate incident. We look forward to the opportunity to present the true facts in court and to having this matter behind Hope very soon.”
Solo, listed as Hope Amelia Stevens in the South Correctional Entity (Des Moines, Wash.) inmate registry, “was arrested overnight for allegedly striking her sister and her nephew at the Kirkland home she shares with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, according to police,” the Times reports. Police say Solo was “intoxicated and upset.” Solo’s nephew is 17 years old.
She was arraigned at 4:15 a.m. local time on Saturday.
Solo, 32, is being held without bail. She is due in Kirkland court on Monday.
U.S. Soccer released the following statement: “We are aware of the situation. At this point, we don’t have any further comments.”
Seattle Reign FC owner Bill Predmore issued a similar statement: “We are aware of situation regarding Hope Solo and are currently gathering information. We have no further comments at this time.”
Solo played for the U.S. women last Saturday in Tampa, Fla., beating France 1-0 and tying Briana Scurry for the most all-time U.S. shutouts with 71. She did not travel to East Hartford, Conn., for the second match against France. U.S. Soccer said Solo had a “family commitment.” Ashlyn Harris started in net in the 2-2 draw with France.
According to Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray, “There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation.” Murray said there were “visible injuries” to Solo’s sister and nephew.
Solo shares the Kirkland, Wash., home with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens. He was arrested in November 2012 for allegedly assaulting Solo the same night the two were wed.
Solo would later say that she and Stevens were happy and that facts were misconstrued.
“It’s unfortunate what the media can do to judge before the facts are out there. It’s hard to see, but it’s a hard truth, and it’s part of life,” she said then. “I’m happy. I’m happily married. I would never stand for domestic violence. I’ve never been hit in my life.”
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