Senator thrashes U.S. Soccer over handling of Solo’s domestic violence case

United States Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) doesn’t like seeing Hope Solo on his television when he watches the United States women’s nationa team compete in the Women’s World Cup.

On Thursday, Blumenthal sent a letter to U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati denouncing the way he and his organization handled Solo’s situation in the wake of her domestic violence dispute. 

"Domestic violence is unacceptable, particularly for an athlete representing the United States of America on the global stage," Blumenthal said in the letter.

Blumenthal’s letter comes in response to a report by ESPN’s "Outside the Lines" that detailed the June 2014 night of Solo’s attack against her half-sister and teenage nephew in Kirkland, Wash.

"Outside the Lines" obtained records that describe Solo as drinking heavily the night of the incident, and police said she was belligerent and insulting toward officers during her arrest.

The domestic abuse charges against Solo were dropped in January, but Blumenthal is after U.S. Soccer for its investigation, or lack thereof, into the incident. 

The letter, in its entirety, was posted on Blumenthal’s Twitter page:

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