Hope Solo released a statement on social media to address the current controversies she is involved in.
The star goalie is certain she will be proven innocent when she faces trial in November on charges of domestic violence assault involving her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew. She also said that she stands “united with all” celebrities who found that their photos had been posted online without their authorization:
“It is extremely sad and unfortunate that the rights of so many women were violated by the unauthorized release of private photographs. This act goes beyond the bounds of human decency and, as such, I stand united with all the women affected and am exploring every option to protect my privacy. In addition, while I understand that the public desires more information regarding the allegations against me, I continue to maintain my innocence against these charges. And, once all the facts come to light and the legal process is concluded, I am confident that I will be fully exonerated.”
With this post, the Seattle Reign goalie received a mixed response from her pool of 855,000 followers, the comments ranging from steadfast support to extreme anger.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati issued a statement Monday night saying the federation would stand by its decision to allow due process to take its course before ruling on Solo’s national team status.
“From the beginning, we considered the information available and have taken a deliberate and thoughtful approach regarding Hope Solo’s status with the National Team,” Gulati said. “Based on that information, U.S. Soccer stands by our decision to allow her to participate with the team as the legal process unfolds. If new information becomes available we will carefully consider it.”
Solo’s continued presence on the national team has been compared to Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL over the assault of his wife, which was captured on surveillance video. However, sports authorities, including the U.S. Olympic Committee, have said that while abuse in all forms is unacceptable, Solo’s case differs in that the allegations against her have not been proven.