Hope Solo arrested on DWI, charged with child molestation

Former US women’s national team star goaltender Hope Solo has been arrested after she was found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in North Carolina with her two-year-old twins inside, police said.

According to a police report, Solo was arrested Thursday in a Winston-Salem shopping center parking lot and charged with driving with a disability, resisting an officer and committing child abuse offenses. She was released from prison and has a court date on June 28, the report said.

According to the warrant, a passerby noticed Solo passed out for more than an hour with the engine running and the two children in the back seat behind the wheel. A responding officer could smell alcohol, and the warrant said Solo refused an on-site sobriety test and her blood was drawn instead.

Rich Nichols, a Texas-based attorney representing Solo, released a statement Friday but did not respond to specific questions about the charges and said his client would not respond either.

“On counsel’s advice, Hope is unable to speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her children are her life, that she was immediately released and is now home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the initial ones charges and that she looks forward to her opportunity to defend those charges,” said Nichols.

Solo was released from the national team after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil after calling the Swedish team “cowards” for taking a defensive stance against the defending gold medalists, ending a laudable playing career also marred by controversy .

She was suspended for 30 days in early 2015 after she and her husband Jerramy Stevens were pulled over in a US Soccer van and Stevens was charged with drunk driving. She was also benched after publicly questioning coach Greg Ryan’s decision to start Briana Scurry during the 2007 World Cup against Brazil, comments many saw as an insult to Scurry.

Solo was also involved in an altercation with family members in 2014 that led to Solo’s arrest, although the charges in that case were eventually dropped.

Solo played 202 games with the national team, with 153 wins and an international record 102 shutouts. She won a World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals with the team.

At the 2015 World Cup, she only conceded three goals in five shutouts in seven games.

She was elected to the US Soccer Hall of Fame in January. The induction ceremony is scheduled for May 21st.

Solo married Stevens, a former tight end for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in 2012. The couple have twins Vittorio Genghis and Lozen Orianna Judith Stevens, born March 4, 2020.


AP sportswriter Anne M. Peterson contributed to this report.

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