The ceremony came roughly 24 hours after Stevens was arrested Monday night at Solo’s suburban Seattle home as the couple, who had been dating for about two months, quarreled about where they would live post-marriage, according to Stevens. A former player for the Seattle Seahawks, Stevens had been arrested on a fourth-degree domestic violence assault but was not charged. He was released when a Kirkland judge ruled there was insufficient evidence. The case, however, remains under investigation.
Police in Kirkland responded to a disturbance around 3:45 a.m. Monday involving a physical altercation between eight people during a party, according to Mike Murray of the Kirkland police (via ESPN and the Associated Press). Officers determined that there was probable cause to arrest Stevens, he said, based on information and observations of an abrasion on Solo’s arm. Solo’s 34-year-old brother, Marcus, had called 911 and told officers that several unknown men were causing a disturbance. He said he used a stun gun on one of the men, who left before police arrived, court records indicate.
Stevens was found lying on the floor between the bed and the wall in an upstairs bedroom. He told officers that he was sleeping and didn’t hear a fight, but they saw dried blood on his shirt and other signs of a fight. An officer noted that he based probable cause on Stevens’s admission that he and Solo had argued, the injury to her arm, signs of a fight in the bedroom and the blood on his shirt. One woman was taken to a hospital with a hip injury and a man had bumps, scrapes and contusions, according to Murray.
There was no record of a marriage certificate on file with the King County Recorder’s Office on Wednesday, according to USA Today, but it can take up to 30 days for paperwork to be filed. Stevens, 33, and Solo, 31, had applied for a marriage license last Thursday. Marriage could complicate the investigation. “If the parties are not cooperating it’s not ideal,” Murray told USA Today. “We take domestic violence issues very seriously. We realize it doesn’t get better.”
Solo, goalie for the U.S. women’s national soccer team since 2000, has won two Olympic gold medals. Stevens, a first-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2002, has past arrests for sexual assault, felony battery, failing a drug test while on probation and drunk driving. He was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010 after his arrest for possession of cannabis with intent to sell.