Abby Wambach, the former leader and star of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, has apologized for her arrest for driving under the influence of intoxicants early Sunday morning in Portland, Ore.
Wambach, 35, retired last year after helping the U.S. win the women’s World Cup. She was arrested at 2:02 a.m. PDT after running a red light and was charged with a misdemeanor, according to local news reports. She was booked at the Multnomah County Jail. In a Facebook post Monday afternoon, she apologized and said, “This is all on me” as she explained the circumstances.
Last night I was arrested for DUII in Portland after dinner at a friend’s house.
Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down.
I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated.
I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.
Wambach was described by Portland police as “polite and cooperative throughout the investigation,” according to KATU.
Wambach, the all-time leading scorer in international soccer, had a stellar 15-year international career in which she scored 184 goals and, like other members of the U.S. women’s national team, she became a role model for young players. She appeared in four World Cups and won two Olympic gold medals with the national team. She missed the Beijing Games because of a broken leg.
Wambach is scheduled to speak April 9 at Georgetown’s OWN It summit, billed as an “undergraduate-run women’s leadership summit that aims to bridge the gap between female leaders of the 21st century and the millennials who admire them.” Jenna Galper, the summit’s press secretary, said in an email to The Post that Wambach still plans to speak at the event and wants to address the DUI incident “head on.”
More on Abby Wambach:
From Feb. 2016: Wambach reveals post-retirement mission
From Oct. 2015: Wambach brings stellar career full circle
This post has been updated.