American soccer star Hope Solo was arrested on Thursday for driving while intoxicated.
Police pulled over the 40-year-old former athlete in North Carolina and reported that her two children were in the backseat.
Hope Solo Charged With DWI & Resisting Arrest
According to reports, the 40-year-old former athlete has been booked on DWI and resisting arrest. She has also been charged with misdemeanor child abuse since her two children were in the car.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist was taken into custody in a Wal-Mart parking lot off Parkway Village Circle in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The World Cup champion was then taken to Forsyth County jail for processing.
In 2012, Solo married ex-NFL player Jerramy Stevens and the two have two twins that recently celebrated their second birthday.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the former goalie has been in trouble with the law.
Hope Solo Has Been Previously Arrested For Domestic Violence
In 2014, Solo was arrested for domestic violence after allegedly yelling at a police officer and telling him that she’d “kick his a–.” She also got in trouble with the law after she allegedly got into a physical fight with her teenage nephew and sister while intoxicated. In 2018, the City of Kirkland, Washington, dropped the charges against her after ruling that the incident was “unlikely to reoccur.”
Considering her previous trouble with the law, it’s possible that she could face time behind bars if convicted.
On Friday afternoon, Hope Solo posted a short statement of the incident on her Twitter account.
Hope Solo ‘Looks Forward To Her Opportunity To Defend These Charges’
On Friday afternoon, Solo posted a brief statement about the incident to her Twitter account.
“On the advice of counsel, Hope can’t speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her kids are in her life, that she was released immediately and is now at home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest, and that she looks forward to her opportunity to defend these charges.”
This statement was signed by her counsel, Rich Nichols. This statement was signed by her counsel, Rich Nichols. Some fans questioned what could be “sympathetic” about driving while intoxicated with young children in the car. That being said, other fans really did seem to be sympathetic to her situation and wished the best for her and her family.
“Hoping for a quick closure of the situation,” one user wrote.
“What did she do now?” another asked. “This girl has serious issues… someone help her.”
Hope Solo Was Once Seeing A Therapist For ‘Anger’ Issues
Back in 2015, it was reported that Hope Solo was seeing a therapist for “anger” issues. She was suspended from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team for 30 days after her husband, Stevens, was arrested for a DUI while she was driving a team van.
During her suspension, Solo revealed that she was not only seeing a therapist but that she had also visited an Eastern medicine healer. In a blog post written in March 2015, she detailed her quest to assess her life and her career ahead of her big World Cup win that summer.
“At the end of January, before I left Southern California for the start of my 30-day suspension, I’d met with everyone on the team,” she wrote. “For the first time, I’d opened up to my teammates about everything I’d been going through. I talked about how hard it had been going through the court case with my family, and explained why I hadn’t been that approachable at camp.”
“I’d been trying to focus while I was on the field, but I’d been a mess emotionally and mentally, and spent most nights crying with my roommate away from the team,” she continued. “After I was done speaking with everyone, one of my teammates gave me the biggest hug and said, ‘Hope, apology accepted.’”
“That meant so much,” she added. “And that was kind of the whole sentiment of the team in Los Angeles. Over the days that followed, I received so many encouraging emails from my teammates — it made me realize how important it was for me to be more open with them.”