Hope Solo, U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper, has pleaded not guilty after her domestic violence arrest on Saturday at her sister's home near Seattle. She is accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew.
The family says that Hope Solo arrived at the family gathering already drunk. She then argued with her nephew about his acting dreams. She allegedly called him fat and crazy, then got into a fist fight with him. When his mother, Hope Solo's sister, tried to break it up, Solo began punching her.
Solo's nephew broke a broom over her head, pointed a broken BB gun at her and told her to leave. Her nephew said later of the conflict, "We just let her back into our lives,'' and said Solo ''always does this.''
However, as there are two sides to every story, so goes the alleged violence of Hope Solo.
Solo's lawyer, Todd Maybrown, said in an email on Saturday that, ''Hope is not guilty of any crime. In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate incident. We look forward to the opportunity to present the true facts in court and to having this matter behind Hope very soon.''
''There's going to be a very strong defense in this case,'' Maybrown added.
Hope Solo didn't speak at her hearing on Monday except to answer the judge's questions. Maybrown did not object to the judges no contact order, but did argue against the prosecutor's request for bail, since Hope Solo is a public figure and most likely wouldn't jump town at a risk to her career.
This isn't Hope Solo's first dance with the law involving domestic violence. Just before Solo's wedding to former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence for an incident involving his future wife, but was never charged.
Hope Solo's next court date is August 11th.
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