Hope Solo, a former University of Washington goalkeeper and a double gold medalist in the Olympic Games (Beijing, 2008; London, 2012), was arrested on domestic violence charges early Saturday after allegedly assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew at Solo’s home. According to a statement issued by the Kirkland Police Dept., the 32-year-old Solo is being held without bail in the South King County lockup.
Solo, detained on two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence, will remain in jail until her first court appearance Monday.
Police said that after they responded to a 911 call, they heard a “disturbance” inside the home where “a large bash” was going on. They said Solo appeared “intoxicated and upset.”
“There was a big party going on,” Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray said. “It was an out-of-control situation.”
Police said Solo’s sister and nephew had visible injuries. After interviewing witnesses, they determined Solo was the primary aggressor and instigated the assaults.
Solo, also member of the Seattle Reign FC, is married to former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens and is no stranger to controversy. In addition to public feuds with Olympic commentator Brandi Chastain (2012) and then-U.S. women’s national coach Greg Ryan (2007), Solo received a public warning two years ago from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after she tested positive for a banned diuretic.
Solo claimed she didn’t realize the diuretic was in premenstrual medication prescribed by her physician. The agency accepted Solo’s explanation and allowed her to compete in the 2012 Olympics.
On Nov. 12, 2012, Solo and then-boyfriend Stevens, a former football player for the Huskies and Seahawks, got into a fight that led to his arrest for domestic violence. Stevens was released due to lack of evidence and the couple were married the following day.
“We are aware of the situation,” U.S. Soccer said Saturday following Solo’s arrest. “At this point, we don’t have any further comments.”
Solo and the USA team defeated France 1-0 last weekend, giving Solo 71 international shutouts, tying her with Briana Scurry for most clean sheets in U.S. history.
A Richland native, Solo became starting goalkeeper for the U.S. national team in 2005.