Hope Solo breaks silence after domestic violence arrest, apologizes for ‘unfortunate incident’


Hope Solo appeared in court Tuesday in Kirkland, Wash., (AP Photo/Pool, The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel, Pool)

In her first public comments since being released from jail Monday, Hope Solo apologized for her part in a family dispute last weekend that resulted in her arrest on two counts of domestic violence assault involving her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew.

“I would like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches, marketing partners and the entire US soccer and Seattle Reign FC communities for my involvement in a highly unfortunate incident this past weekend,” she wrote on Facebook. “I understand that as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct.”

Solo, the 32-year-old goalkeeper of U.S. Olympic teams and of the Seattle Reign, is accused of hitting both her half-sister and nephew in a fight that quickly and dangerously escalated in the early hours of Saturday morning in Kirkland, Wash. She entered a not-guilty plea to the fourth-degree charges after 48 hours in jail and was released on her own recognizance, provided she avoids alcohol and the alleged victims. Her lawyer asserted that she was a victim in the fight. Her next court date is Aug. 11.

“I love my family dearly,” she said. “We, like all families, have our challenges but my sincere hope is that we are able to resolve this situation as a family. Adversity has always made us stronger and I know this situation will be no different.”

Solo said she hoped to return soon to the Reign and to the national team, but added that she could not comment further.

“I also would like to thank everyone who has reached out with messages of support and encouragement,” she wrote. “I truly appreciate your loyalty, concern and well wishes.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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