Hope Solo is in the news again after being accused of domestic violence against her sister and a 17-year-old nephew in June. Her family called police after they experienced a disturbance in which she used force toward the family members. However, Hope Solo is hoping that she will be relieved of the charges in her next scheduled court date, which was requested on Monday by her attorney.
Hope Solo apologized for her actions, and hopes that her family will not only forgive her, but also realize that she was not in the right frame of mind at the time of the incident.
“I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct. I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed. 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. Adversity has always made us stronger and I know this situation will be no different.”
After the incident, Hope Solo was taken to jail and booked for two counts of fourth degree domestic violence assault. She pleaded not guilty, and was later released on her own recognizance. She is hopeful that her name will be cleared of all wrong doing, despite reports that her sister and nephew had visible injuries from the domestic assault, including ripped clothing, red marks on their face, and signs of blood.
Seattle Pi’s Lynsi Burton recounted the incident between Hope Solo and her victims:
“She appeared to have been drinking and drank wine for some time with her half-sister. Solo later grew upset with her nephew over a misunderstanding, then reportedly insulted him, calling him ‘too fat and overweight and crazy.’ The nephew told her to get out of the house and went into another room.
“Solo reportedly followed him and the two got into an argument that allegedly escalated as Solo ‘charged’ at him and took a swing at him. They then tussled on the ground and she ‘repeatedly punched him in the face and tackled him.’ The nephew grabbed her by the hair and held her to the ground until she appeared to calm down, at which point she reportedly grabbed his hair and pulled him back down, punching him some more, according to the incident report.
“Solo’s half-sister arrived and tried to break up the fight, but Solo reportedly turned her aggression to her and punched her in the face ‘several times.’”
It seems as though the incident may have given Hope Solo a new hope that she may be forgiven for her wrongdoing, as long as she seeks help to change her ways, assuming her family doesn’t strike back at her.
[Photo Courtesy: Jordan Stead, Seattle Pi]