Nearly a week after the Olympic soccer star was arrested for allegedly assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, Hope Solo apologized.
This isn’t the first time she’s had to say “sorry.”
Most recently: In the wee hours of Saturday morning, a frantic 911 caller from Solo’s home in Kirkland, Wash., said Solo was “f—king beating people up.” Police responded to the call and found Solo “intoxicated and upset,” her nephew bleeding in a torn T-shirt. Her sister, the boy’s mother, was also visibly injured. The teen said Solo called him “too fat” to be an athlete. They asked her to leave, but she stayed, they said, “circling like a shark.” The boy ultimately tried to fight her off with a broken BB gun and a broom. After Solo’s half-sister got her out of the house, she allegedly hopped a fence and re-entered through a sliding door. Solo’s attorney told the Seattle Times she will plead not guilty to two counts of domestic violence assault in the fourth degree.
But in a Thursday Facebook post, Solo, 32-year-old goalie for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Seattle Reign FC as well as for the U.S. National Team, issued a tightly-worded apology for her “involvement in a highly unfortunate incident. … As a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct,” she wrote.
It was deja vu all over again.
After coach Greg Ryan benched her for a decisive match in the 2007 World Cup, which the team lost 4-0 to Brazil, Solo openly criticized his decision to play her more experienced teammate Briana Scurry.
“There’s no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves,” Solo told reporters. “And the fact of the matter is, it’s not 2004 anymore. … It’s 2007, and I think you have to live in the present. And you can’t live by big names. You can’t live in the past. It doesn’t matter what somebody did in an Olympic gold-medal game in the Olympics three years ago.”
“Are you even going to apologize to Bri?” someone asked.
I turned toward Bri. I wanted her to know that I wasn’t trying to hurt her, not after everything she had done for me when my father died. I felt backed against the wall.
Bri spoke first. She told me I had hurt her very much. She said she had tried to be there for me when my father died and was shocked that I would do this to her.
“I’m sorry Bri,” I said. “I really am. I didn’t mean to hurt you. My comments were directed at Greg, not at you.”
In 2012, Solo sent aggressive tweets to soccer legend and commentator Brandi Chastain: “Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago.”
Her response to Chastain, courtesy ESPN:
“It’s not about one game. I have my beliefs that the best commentators and the best analysts should be analyzing come Olympics, come World Cups, and it’s only my opinion. You can take it or leave it, to be honest, so it’s my opinion, and I think analysts and commentators should bring energy and excitement and passion for the game, and a lot of knowledge, and I think it’s important to help build the game, and I don’t think Brandi has that.
“It’s just my opinion, and nothing else really matters, to be honest. What matters is tomorrow’s game against North Korea, playing at Old Trafford. The team’s excited. It’s my birthday. I don’t really care to answer any other questions about Brandi.”
There may be more apologies in her future.
“My entire life has been about proving people wrong,” she told ESPN in 2011. “I think it’s just where I’ve come from and where my life has taken me. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I think I’ve used it for fuel. I like to defy odds, I really do like to.”