Hope Solo, the 32-year-old U.S. women’s national soccer team Olympic gold medalist and media darling, returned to court on Monday. She was attending a hearing at the Kirkland Justice Center on former charges of domestic violence in Oregon. The charges were flung at her in June, according to a report filed by Seattle PI on Monday.
Back in June, Solo – who is married to former University of Washington and Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens – was charged with assault. Stevens was in court with Solo. During the court proceedings on Monday, Solo asserted that she wants those charges against her – which are a misdemeanor - to be dropped. Her attorney has asked the court for a new court date to make motions to dismiss the charges and to exclude evidence.
The police reports regarding the June incident involving Solo state that the Olympic star’s family members had just let her back into their lives when she had a fight with them early one morning. Kirkland police officers were summoned to the 10600 block of 124th Avenue Northeast in Kirkland – a suburb of Seattle. The police report about the call for authorities stated that a woman was going “crazy and hitting people.”
The assault in June was quite horrific. When police arrived, they found a 17-year-old male family member – the nephew - with redness on one side of his face with his T-shirt torn. He was bleeding from a cut on the bottom of his left ear as he yelled, “We just let her back into our lives. She always does this.” At the time, according to the report, the teen told police that Solo – his mother’s half-sister – came over to visit while she was upset with her husband because he was being a jerk.
Solo got angry with the teen and called him “too fat and overweight and crazy.” That’s when he told her to get out of his house. After he went to another room, Solo reportedly was right behind him and that’s when the argument magnified. Solo took him to the floor while punching him in the face. The teen grabbed her by the hair and held her on the floor until she seemed to have settled down. But then, she grabbed his hair and pulled him back down and started punching him again.
Solo’s half-sister came to break things up, but that’s when Solo punched her, too. Then the teen broke a wooden broom over Solo’s head. However, that didn’t even calm Solo, so he then pointed a BB gun at her. After they finally got Solo out of the house, she re-entered the house through another door and the fighting continued. Apparently, Solo had been drinking wine rather heavily with her half-sister prior to the incident. The next court date over the domestic violence is set for approximately three months from now on Nov. 4, according to the Kirkland Reporter.
After the incident and its having been made public, Solo took to Facebook to apologize for the incident. At the time, she wrote that as a public figure, she understands that she is held to a higher standard of conduct. She stated that she takes her responsibilities as a role model seriously. Concluding her remarks about the occurrence, she wrote that she sincerely apologizes to everyone she disappointed.