As Hope Solo, the star goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, remains in jail awaiting a court appearance Monday after her arrest on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, her lawyer asserted that his client is innocent.
“Hope is not guilty of any crime,” attorney Todd Maybrown told the Seattle Times and Associated Press in an email. “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, who turns 33 next month, was taken into custody shortly before 1 a.m. PDT Saturday after Kirkland, Wash., police received a 911 call that a woman at a party was hitting people, the police said in a news release. They described Solo as intoxicated and observed injuries to her nephew and sister. She in being held on South King County jail on two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault. Solo is expected to remain in jail until a municipal court appearance Monday.
Solo was booked under married name, Stevens. She and her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, made headlines in the fall of 2012 when he was arrested on suspicion of assault after a disturbance involving the goalie. But there was insufficient evidence for charges to be filed and the two were married just days after the incident. “I would never stand for domestic violence,” she said then. “I’ve never been hit in my life.”
Solo plays for the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League and won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S. team. She did not play in the Reign’s game against France on Thursday in Connecticut. Both the Reign and the league said in statements that they are aware of the situation and were reserving comment.