USA’s Hope Solo enters not guilty plea, released without bail

Hope Solo is set to appear in court following her domestic violence arrest over the weekend.  

Brian Blanco


United States women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo has entered a not guilty plea following her domestic violence arrest at her sister’s home in suburban Seattle.

Solo appeared in court Monday and was released without bail. She was ordered not to have contact with the alleged victims and to not drink alcohol.

Authorities say Solo was intoxicated early Saturday when she was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. Her lawyer, Todd Maybrown, says she was a victim in the altercation.

Solo was booked into jail for investigation of two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

The 32-year-old Solo won two Olympic gold medals with the U.S. women’s national team. She plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Her next court appearance is on Aug. 11.

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

In November 2012, Stevens was arrested for allegedly assaulting Solo. Stevens, her boyfriend at the time, was never charged for the incident and the two married a day after the charges were dropped.


Solo has had a stellar career with the national team, helping the United States women’s national team capture two straight Olympic gold medals. But she’s never shied away from attention.

“Whether it’s with Hollywood, whether it’s with sports figures, whether it’s the president, that’s kind of how it works," said Solo in an interview with The Seattle Times in 2013. "I’m realistic and I understand that. That’s why it’s important for me to know who I am, to know I’m living my life the way I want to live, and that I am happy. At the end of the day, I can’t really let myself get too angry about outside opinions that are or aren’t true.”’