Soccer star Hope Solo arrested for hitting sister

U.S. Olympic women's soccer player Hope Solo attends a training session during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eltham College in London August 8, 2012.  Credit: Reuters/Nigel Roddis
U.S. Olympic women’s soccer player Hope Solo attends a training session during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eltham College in London August 8, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Nigel Roddis

Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team, was arrested early on Saturday morning for striking her sister and teenage nephew during a dispute at her home in a Seattle suburb, police said.

Police who responded to a 911 call at Solo’s house in Kirkland a little after midnight could hear noise from the “disturbance” from the street, according to a police statement.

Solo, 32, appeared “intoxicated and upset,” police said, and her 17-year-old nephew and adult sister were visibly injured.

The soccer star was hosting a party at her house when the dispute took place, the Seattle Times reported.

Solo is being held without bail in a local jail, on two charges of domestic violence assault in the fourth degree, according to the jail’s inmate registry, where she is listed by her married name, Hope Amelia Stevens.

Her husband, Jerramy Stevens, is a former National Football League player for the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Just a few hours before their wedding in November 2012, police arrested Stevens on the belief that he had assaulted Solo, but he was released because of insufficient evidence, and charges were never brought, according to media reports.

Solo has appeared as a contestant on ABC television’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and has played on two teams that won Olympic gold medals for women’s soccer.

It was not clear whether Solo had a lawyer. She is due to appear in Kirkland Municipal Court on June 23.

 



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