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Hope Solo apologizes following arrest

By Anne M. Peterson

U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo has apologized to her fans via social media following her arrest for domestic violence last weekend.

Solo, who also plays for the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League, posted her apology on her Facebook page and also posted a link to the statement on her official Twitter account.

"I love my family dearly. We, like all families, have our challenges but my sincere hope is that we are able to resolve this situation as a family," she said. "Adversity has always made us stronger and I know this situation will be no different."

Solo pleaded not guilty plea to two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence Monday in a Kirkland, Washington, court and was released without bail.

She is accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew at her sister's home in suburban Seattle early Saturday. Her lawyer claims the goalkeeper was a victim in the altercation.

"I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct," Solo said. "I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed."

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 11.

Solo's 17-year-old nephew told police she was upset and appeared to have been drinking when she arrived at a family gathering. She and her nephew got into a fistfight after arguing about his acting aspirations and she called him fat and crazy, according to court documents. When the boy's mother tried to break up the confrontation, Solo punched her in the face, the documents said.

The nephew broke a broom over Solo's head and the teen pointed a broken BB gun at her and tried to get her to leave, the documents said.

"Hope is not guilty of any crime," her attorney, Todd Maybrown said in an email to The Associated Press. "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."

Solo married former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in 2012. He was arrested just before their wedding for investigation of assault after a disturbance involving Solo, but he was not charged. Maybrown represented Stevens in that case.

Solo said soon afterward that there never was an assault and that she and her new husband were happy.

On Thursday she posted a photo of herself with Stevens and two others holding an American flag to cheer on the U.S. men's team in the World Cup.

The 32-year-old Solo has won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S. women's national team.

In her last appearance for the U.S., Solo had her 71st career shutout, a 1-0 victory over France on June 14 in Tampa, Florida.

She did not appear in the team's second match against France last week in East Hartford, Connecticut. Ashlyn Harris started in Solo's place for the 2-2 draw.

The U.S. women's team does not have any additional matches planned at this time before October's CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

"I look forward to getting back on the field where I belong with both Seattle Reign FC and the US Women's National Team," she said in her statement.

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Joan June 27 2014 at 2:52 PM

Her apology amounts to only damage control. She needs anger management classes, asap.

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Kristine June 27 2014 at 5:23 PM

A public figure.... she is so disgusting. Hope is rude, ungrateful and so immature it's embarassing. Ugly inside and out! Looks like a man!

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Kristine June 27 2014 at 5:24 PM

I hope if she has mental disorders that she gets help soon. I don't respect her but I will pray for her.

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jloschh June 27 2014 at 3:50 PM

we foregive you only if you do another nude photo shoot. this time with playboy.

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raiderintacoma June 27 2014 at 8:50 PM

Everybody needs to take a chill pill and give this poor kid a break. It is not ALL her fault. First, she was raised in the "Kentucky" part of Washington. Sweet, innocent, all American girl then hit the skids...She got hooked on the Gangsta ANACONDA. It is not all her fault that nobody was around to protect her from the African Anaconda.

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soccer_sucks raiderintacoma June 27 2014 at 10:42 PM

The whole state of washington is a joke

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bobparks77 June 27 2014 at 7:10 PM

Is she related to Napoleon Solo ?

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larrykcory June 27 2014 at 3:17 PM

Back on the field? You ASSULTED 2 people on your own family!! You should be looking forward to 3-5 years in a JAIL cell.

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mstrunn400 larrykcory June 27 2014 at 3:37 PM

Larry, won't happen, she'll get out with community service and anger management, you should go to her FB page and read all the a**kissers comments.

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theriorules larrykcory June 27 2014 at 8:25 PM

LOCK HER UP! She is actually thinking about playing again what a mindless violent twit!

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salmo60 June 27 2014 at 3:03 PM

Her actions came as no surprise. She was abused by her criminal husband and it appears she only knows violence as a solution for problems.

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jaded13640 salmo60 June 27 2014 at 9:46 PM

So the teen breaks a broom over her head and points a gun or some sort at her, and she's the violent one? It sounds like her family has the tendancy to get out of control. What else does he know but what she was taught? When the response of a teenager is to point a gun, bb gun or whatever and brake a broom over someones head...that's learned behavior. That's not self defense. I'm not defending her actions, I wasn't there...but here's the thing, neither were you. Just because something was "alledged" doesn't make it fact. The judge did release her and not even require bail. Given her status they could have easily milked her for a bunch of bail money, UNLESS it was obvious to the judge that there was a lot more to the story than her family is telling. You and everyone else that's so quick to jump on the "she's a criminal" bandwaggon you need to use your heads. Just because you're arrested doesn't mean you did anything wrong. Very often this is true these days.

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bill June 27 2014 at 8:35 PM

Isn't it strange that she apologized to her fans, but, not to the family members she assaulted?

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ladniert June 27 2014 at 8:29 PM

sounds like family to me

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