Hope Solo breaks silence, addresses arrest on Facebook

Hope Solo posted a Facebook message to address her June 21 arrest on domestic violence charges.

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Olympic gold medalist and US women’s soccer star Hope Solo took to Facebook on Thursday to apologize for her involvement in an incident that resulted in her arrest last weekend for allegedly striking her sister and nephew at her home in suburban Seattle.

Officers say they responded just before 1 a.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call that a woman at Solo’s Kirkland, Washington residence was hitting people. Police say they found Solo intoxicated and upset, and they saw injuries on her 17-year-old nephew and her sister.

Solo was arrested and charged with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

The Facebook statement was the first time Solo has publicly addressed the incident since her arrest, adding that she was "confident in the legal process" and that her "name will be cleared."

"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," Solo wrote on Facebook. "Adversity has always made us stronger and I know this situation will be no different."


Solo entered a not guilty plea in court on Monday and was released without bail. She was ordered not to have contact with the alleged victims and to not drink alcohol.

Solo’s lawyer, Todd Maybrown, has said that she was a victim in the altercation.

"Hope is not guilty of any crime," 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."

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 Aug. 11.

Solo thanked those who have continued to show her support.