Hope Solo arrest is latest controversy for soccer star

Hope Solo, official Facebook photo

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2014 — U.S. Women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo has a reputation as a fighter.

Literally, apparently.

According to the Kirkland, Washington, Police Department, officers responded to a 911 call by a male caller last night, who said a female at the residence on the 10600 block of 124th Ave. NE was “hitting people” and would not stop or leave the house. Police arrived at the residence and described Hope A Stevens (Solo) as “intoxicated and upset.” The officer observed “visible injuries” on Solo’s sister and 17-year-old nephew and arrested Solo on two counts of Domestic Violence Assault 4th Degree. She was booked into the King County detention facility and will have a mandatory court appearance on Monday, June 23 at the Kirkland Municipal Court.

Solo, who has no previous arrest record, is no stranger to controversy or to challenges. And she never backs down.

In 2012, she told CNN, “People look at me as selfish, outspoken. But I know who I am.”

Solo’s book, Solo: A Memoir, details her difficult relationship with her father, described as “a philanderer and a con man” in promotional material. He was convicted of embezzlement when Solo was a child, and subsequently became homeless. Solo re-connected with him when she was in college.

Solo is known to soccer fans for her strength, amazing goal-keeping talent, and for her sometimes brash commentary.

In 2007, Solo publicly criticized U.S. women’s soccer team coach Greg Ryan for benching Solo and instead playing veteran keeper Briana Scurry in a World Cup match against Brazil.

Brazil won, 4-0, and Solo gave an interview saying, “There’s no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. 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.”

Ryan made the decision after Solo, who was originally selected to start in the tournament, had a series of unspectacular games.

After her comments, the team voted to kick her off, calling her actions “treasonous.”

The incident did not quiet Solo.

She participated in “Dancing with the Stars” in 2011, where she frequently sparred with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and the judges.

She again gained attention in 2011 when she appeared nude on the cover of ESPN’s “The Body Issue.”

In 2012, Solo took to Twitter to criticize commentator and soccer legend Brandi Chastain during the 2012 Olympic games in London.

The same year, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a warning to Solo after she tested positive for a banned diuretic. Solo said she did not know the ingredient was in a medication prescribed by her doctor, and the Agency allowed her to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

Last December, Solo again took on a soccer legend, criticizing Julie Foudy for her choices for the honorary US Soccer’s All-Time Best XI team. Foudy selected Scurry over Solo, who took exception to the pick on Twitter.



Although Solo’s Facebook page is mute on the arrest so far, and she has not yet issued a public statement, it is highly unlikely the outspoken soccer star will remain quiet for long.

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Lisa M. Ruth is Editor-in-Chief of CDN. In addition to her editing and leadership duties, she also writes on international events, intelligence, and other topics. She has worked with CDN as a journalist since 2009. Lisa is also President of CTC International Group, Inc., a research and analysis firm in South Florida, providing actionable intelligence to decisionmakers. She started her career at the CIA, where she won several distinguished awards for her service. She holds an MA in international relations from the University of Virginia, and a BA in international relations from George Mason University. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Horses Healing Hearts, and is involved with several other charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and AYSO.