Hope Solo is known for being one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) female soccer goaltender in the world. Her temper and run-ins with the law are also well-documented. The most recent issues stem from a year of headlines that surround allegations of domestic violence.
As she prepared to travel to Canada for the Women’s World Cup this month, she sat down with PEOPLE magazine to discuss the current situation overshadowing her career. In June 2014, she was accused of attacking her half-sister who decided to reveal the details of the alleged incident during the World Cup.
Suddenly, in the midst of what was another impressive performance, she was being denounced by a former coach, U.S. senator and soccer fans who want the team to pull her from their roster. Addressing the situation, Solo admitted: “It’s been a painful year. I almost lost my career. It’s been traumatic and embarrassing.”
A two-page police report has been making the rounds and contains allegations that Solo arrived at the home of her sister, Teresa Obert, on June 21, 2014 just after midnight. At this point, the soccer star allegedly punched Obert and her then 17-year-old, 6-foot-9-inch, 280-pound son in the face. The youth claims that he stopped the assault by breaking “a wooden broom over Solo’s head.”
In the related court documents, Solo concedes that her nephew hit her over the head with a broom but that his assault was a reaction to her calling him “fat and un-athletic.” Either way, the incident ended with Solo being handcuffed and arrested on two counts of domestic violence. Officers claim that she insulted them as she was taken to jail and, allegedly, taunted them by saying: “you’re scared of me because you know if these handcuffs were off I’d kick your a**.”
Her attorney, Todd Maybrown, insists that Solo’s actions, while wrong, were the result of being “naturally upset and emotional after being wrongfully arrested.” This past January, the case was actually dismissed by a judge since Obert and her son due to the fact that prosecutors withheld information from Solo’s attorneys and the accusers fled the state to avoid a court-ordered deposition. As legal analyst, Anne Bremner, explains: “It’s not often that a judge dismisses a case unless they find exceptional circumstances. It’s very rare.”
Sometimes, when a person is known for having a particular weakness, others exploit it for their own gain. It’s possible that Solo is guilty of domestic violence but this is one situation that demonstrates the importance of never jumping to conclusions. The justice system is in place and is based on the belief that a person is innocent until proven guilty. We may never know what truly happened but, as it stands, the charges have been dropped against Solo and, as such, she will continue to walk out onto the soccer field and represent Team USA along with her teammates.