Hope Solo broke her silence in a television interview about her arrest for alleged domestic violence and her recent suspension from soccer for a different matter. The Team USA Olympic two-time gold medalist spoke with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America about the incident which involved her half-sister, Teresa Ober, and her teenage nephew and for which the initial charges against her were dropped.
The arrest of the 33-year-old American soccer star at her half-sister’s house in Seattle was shocking news last summer. A goalkeepe for the Seattle Reign FC at the time, she was not suspended from the sport. Also, as noted, charged against her were dropped. She had pleaded not guilty to two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault and charged were dropped in January when her half sister and nephew did not show up for court-ordered depositions.
Hope Solo had a sit-down interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, co-anchor of GMA. She said of the incident, “It’s still very difficult to talk about, what took place that night.”
She went on to say, “I’m not going to go into all of the details, but it was a scary night. I was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of my 17-year-old nephew who is 6-foot-9, 280 pounds. I was struck over the head and concussed pretty severely. It was a very scary night.”
She spoke about how she is coming to grips with the experience, and said, “I’m finally able to sit down, confront those emotions, confront the anger, talk to somebody about what I’ve been going through, very traumatic events, over the last year. Just being able to speak to somebody has been really beneficial for me.”
She was also asked about the perceived double standard in her not being suspended during the same year that saw several NFL players suspended while they were arrested and/or charged for domestic violence.
Hope Solo said, “All of us, in my opinion, have a fundamental right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.” She added, “I know U.S. Soccer took a lot of heat but I am very grateful that they let due process play itself out. Those eight months were some of the worst months of my entire life.”
Although she escaped suspension over the domestic violence incident, ironically, she was suspended for 30 days from the sport for being a passenger in the car with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, when he was arrested on a DUI suspicion.
Solo said of it, “Clearly, I wasn’t thinking. I mean, it was a horrible choice.” She elaborated, saying, “I think I just wasn’t in a good place, emotionally, to even make good decisions. I mean, it’s not an excuse but I just, it was stupid. Should have called a taxi.”
As is always the case with a high profile, celebrity athlete, she has had to bear the brunt of criticism over the years, and most certainly in this past year. Robin Roberts asked how she wanted the public to perceive her. She began by saying, “People actually think I’m arrogant, extroverted, outspoken, which really is pretty opposite from my daily life. That’s how I am on the field.” She continued, saying, “I want people to realize I’m just human. And I make mistakes. And I want people to be able to forgive me if they’re willing to do so.”
She further reflected, and said of herself, “I just want to be the best athlete I can be, the best person I can be. And I know I have a lot of room for improvement.”
The full video of Hope Solo’s interview is below.