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Hope Solo arrested for domestic violence

Soccer star Hope Solo arrested for investigation of domestic violence
Soccer star Hope Solo arrested for investigation of domestic violence
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Soccer star and two-time Olympic gold medal winner Hope Solo was arrested Saturday morning at a home in Kirkland, Washington, for two counts of domestic violence against her sister and her nephew. The report went in to police at about one a.m. that a woman was “hitting people” and would not leave the house, reports CNN News on Saturday, June 21. The Kirkland Police Department responded and have held the Olympic star soccer goalie, whose name was listed as Hope Amelia Stevens, without bail. A hearing has been set for Monday.

According to police sources, Solo, 32, appeared to be “intoxicated and upset,” at a party which had gotten out of control. Both the sister and the nephew, 17, had visible injuries, according to the police report. And according to witnesses, the instigator and primary aggressor in the ensuing fight was Hope Solo, herself. The U.S. Soccer association, says USA Today, is aware of the arrest, but has not yet made a public comment.

Solo, who grew up in Washington, is married to Jerramy Stevens, a former player in the NFL. She has been in the news before, both for a domestic violence situation involving her husband – just days before their wedding – and for her own use of a banned diuretic before the 2012 Olympic Games. The drug use was ruled to be inadvertent, and it did not keep her from winning her second gold medal.

Hope Solo has also been a celebrity contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” Her 2011 series of appearances on the show were marred by strife between herself and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and even with the show’s judges, before she was eliminated from competition.

Hope Solo plays goalie for the Seattle Reign FC. In her first seven appearances after starting as goalie for the U.S. Olympic team in 2005, she earned seven shutouts.