Retired Soccer Star Abby Wambach was arrested for driving under the influence after running a red light in Portland, Oregon, at 2:02 a.m.
KATU reports that Abby Wambach was arrested after reportedly being intoxicated while driving. She was arrested and sent to the Multnomah County Jail. After being recognized as the soccer star, Wambach was released several hours later and charged with a misdemeanor DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants.)
According to Portland Police, Wambach failed the sobriety test, followed by the breath test. ESPN reports that Abby Wambach was considered by the police “polite and cooperative.”
Wambach, the leading scorer in international soccer among the men and women, announced that she was retiring in October. Wambach told ESPN before last summer’s World Cup that before she retired, she wanted to win the most prestigious championship to end her 15-year soccer career.
Wambach’s wish was granted after her team claimed their third World Cup title with a 5-2 victory against Japan, the first world cup title since 1999.
When Wambach made her decision to retire, she made this announcement, reports USA Today.
“After much deliberation and talking with my friends, family, teammates and our coaching staff, I’ve decided to finally bring my soccer career to an end. While we still have more work to do for women’s soccer, after bringing the World Cup back to the United States this summer, I’m feeling extremely optimistic about the future of our sport. It’s been an amazing, wonderful ride and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of my life brings.”
Wambach competed with the national team in four World Cup’s and also won a couple Olympic gold medals, one in 2004 in Athens and the other in 2012 in London, however, she was unable to compete at the Beijing games due to a broken leg.
Biography reports Wambach was recognized as the 2012 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year.
“I’ve always been motivated more by negative comments than by positive ones. I know what I do well. Tell me what I don’t do well.”
Wambach broke Mia Hamm’s record when she scored her 159th goal the June after earning the Player of the Year award.
Midfielder of Wambach’s international soccer team smiles while talking about Abby to the New York Times.
“She curses and screams. And she always stumbles on a word or two.”
Looking forward to her retirement, Wambach made this statement to the New York Times.
“I’m going to be a fan and watch, for once… and it’s going to be awesome.
Wambach has a wife, Sarah Huffman. Wambach and Huffman tied the knot in 2013 while in Hawaii shortly after the supreme court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages across the 50 states, Us Magazine reports.
“There’s so many people, so many dollars that have been spent for this decision to be turned in our favor, and those are the things that, over time, the more research that I can get done about who to thank, I want to properly reach out to those people to thank for giving me the opportunity … for having a life like any heterosexual person in the United States.”
The 35 year-old soccer star has been retired for six months now and looks to be making some bad choices. For someone with such a good soccer reputation, Wambach must be having a slightly difficult time adjusting to her new lifestyle. Let’s hope this opens Abby’s eyes and she seeks help, if so needed.
Just over an hour ago, Abby Wambach announced her arrest on Facebook. She apologizes to her family, friends, and fans, and takes complete responsibility for her actions.
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