Hope Solo Faces Six-Month Jail Sentence For Domestic ViolenceBy: Val Powell - August 12, 2014
Seattle Reign FC goal-keeper Hope Solo appeared in court in Kirkland, WA, on Monday, asking for the dismissal of the fourth-degree domestic violence case against her through a motion filed by her lawyer. Her lawyer also asked that the court exclude evidence, including hearsay, in the same motion, saying Solo was a victim in the dispute.
Solo is accused of repeatedly hitting her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew during a family fight when she was visiting them at their Kirkland home in June.
According to police reports, police responded to a 911 call from a family member who told 911 that Solo was “going crazy and hitting people.” Court documents further read that when they arrived at Solo’s sister’s Kirkland house, the police heard shouting and found Solo’s sister and nephew crying and with visible injuries.
The sister said that they had just welcomed Solo back into their lives when she fought them that June morning.
Police arrested Solo –who was also reportedly drunk at the time of the incident– and she spent the next two nights in jail. The athlete pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor assault charges and was later released upon condition that she will appear before the court if summoned.
A few days after the incident hit the news, Solo apologized to her fans via Facebook:
“I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct,” she wrote. “I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed.”
The court has set the trial for November. Should Solo be found guilty of the charges against her, she faces the possibility of spending six months in jail.
At present, she continues to play with the Seattle Reign and her managers have said that they will wait for the court’s ruling before making any decisions about her future with the team.
Solo, 32, has helped the U.S. women’s national soccer team win Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. She has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars and in The Body Issue on ESPN.
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