It was a joke, a swift little aside meant to amuse. But the comment came from Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, and because it did, the joke didn’t last long.
Solo ran the team’s Instagram account Tuesday ahead of its match against England on Thursday in the SheBelieves Cup in Tampa, Fla. There were plenty of photos of boating on the bay and one about a boat breakdown was accompanied by this message:
“Advice: always have a good attorney & a good mechanic on speed dial! Pete with Crackerboy outboards to the rescue!!! And we’re off! #HopeTakeover”
The post wasn’t up for long, but USA Today has a screen grab of it, along with some of the predictably smart-alecky and downright ugly responses it elicited.
The reason for the snarky comments stems from a couple of incidents involving the goalie. In the summer of 2014, Solo faced two counts of domestic violence in the fourth degree after police answered a call about a disturbance involving her half-sister, Teresa Obert, and Obert’s son. The case, in which Solo has stated she was the victim and entered a not guilty plea, was dismissed but an appeals court reversed the dismissal. A new trial date has not yet been set and Solo continued to play for the national team throughout last summer’s World Cup.
In January 2015, Solo was suspended from the team for 30 days after her husband, former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, was arrested for driving the national team’s van while under the influence during training camp in Southern California. Solo, a passenger in the van, admitted that she had made “a horrible choice.”
“Well, clearly, I wasn’t thinking. I mean, it was a horrible choice,” a soft-spoken Solo told “Good Morning America.” “I think I just wasn’t in a good place, emotionally, to even make good decisions. I mean, it’s not an excuse, but I just, it was stupid. Should’ve called a taxi.”
That was over a year ago, but trolls weren’t forgetting, with other posts eliciting comments like:
“She physically assaulted and abused two people and has had no repercussions for it! She legally should NOT be able to get away with that! Meanwhile Ray Rice beats his wife and everyone hates him forever for it.”
“Life must be great after you assault your family and suffer no consequences!”
“That’s the smile of a woman who has gotten away with violent outburst against her family. Glad @ussoccer_wnt has decided to showcase you.”