Ex-US soccer team goalie Hope Solo, 40, is arrested for DWI and resisting arrest

Former US soccer team goaltender Hope Solo was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest in North Carolina, and police say her two-year-old twins were in the vehicle when she was pulled over.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup winner was arrested in a Walmart parking lot in Winston-Salem before being processed at Forsyth County jail, according to TMZ.

Solo, 40, was arrested for DWI, resisting arrest and misdemeanor child abuse.

Winston-Salem police did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Solo’s attorney, Rich Nichols, gave a statement to TMZ about her arrest: ‘On the advice of counsel, Hope can’t speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her kids are her life, that she was released immediately and is now at home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest, and that she looks forward to her opportunity to defend these charges.’

Former US soccer team goaltender Hope Solo was arrested for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest in North Carolina , and police say her two children were in the vehicle when she was pulled over

Solo is married to former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens (left).  She gave birth to the couple's twins in 2020

Solo is married to former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens (left). She gave birth to the couple’s twins in 2020

Hope Solo has been released from jail, but has not publicly addressed Thursday's DWI arrest

Hope Solo #1 of United States of America looks on during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Round of 16 match between the United States and Colombia at Commonwealth Stadium

Hope Solo has been released from jail, but has not publicly addressed Thursday’s DWI arrest

She has several previous arrests, including a 2014 incident in which she allegedly had a physical confrontation with her nephew. However, those charges were ultimately dismissed due to a lack of cooperation from the boy, a 17-year-old standing 6-foot-9, and his mother, Solo’s half sister.

Solo married former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in 2012. He was arrested just before their wedding for investigation of assault after a disturbance involving Solo, but he was not charged.

She gave birth to the couple’s twins in 2020.

Solo made 202 international appearances from 2000-16 and was part of US championship teams at the 2011 Women’s World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She was voted top vowel at the 2011 and 2015 Women’s World Cups.

HOPE SOLO TIMELINE

  • July 30, 1981: Born in Richland, Washington
  • 1999-2002: Played goalie for the University of Washington Huskies
  • February 3, 2003: Began her professional career after being picked in the first round of the WUSA Draft by the Philadelphia Charge
  • August of 2007: Solo is named the starting goaltender for the US national team at the World Cup in China, but was benched for a semifinals loss to Brazil – a move she later criticized
  • August 21, 2008: Solo and the US win gold at the Beijing Olympics
  • July 17, 2011: Solo and the Americans finish second to Japan in the World Cup
  • June 15, 2012: Solo is given a public warning by the US Ant-Doping agency after she tested positive for the banned substances Canrenone. She denied taking it to gain any advantage
  • August 9, 2012: Solo and the US win their second straight Olympic gold
  • November 12, 2012: Fiancé Jerramy Stevens is arrested after an altercation that left Solo injured. The couple was married the next day
  • June 21, 2014: Solo is arrested in Seattle on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, but the charges were later dismissed
  • January 20, 2015: Stevens is arrested for DWI after being pulled over in a US soccer van while Solo was in the van at the time
  • July 5, 2015: Solo and the US win the World Cup in Canada
  • April 24, 2020: Solo gives birth to twins
  • March 31, 2022: Solo is arrested for DWI and resisting arrest in North Carolina. Police say her twins were in the car and charge her with misdemeanor child abuse

Solo got a public warning from the US Anti-Doping Agency in 2012 after she tested positive for the banned substance Canrenone in a urine test.

Solo still played for the US Olympic team that year, winning gold in London.

‘I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor immediately for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic,’ Solo said in a statement in 2012. ‘Once informed of this fact, I cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything They needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way.’

Canrenone is classified as a specified substance, so its presence in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction.

‘As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London,’ she said.

In 2014, Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, but her attorney insisted that Solo herself was a victim in the altercation.

‘Hope is not guilty of any crime,’ attorney Todd Maybrown told the Associated Press at the time. ‘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.’

Officers responded to her sister’s home just before 1am on June 21, 2014 after receiving a call to the emergency dispatcher that a woman at the Kirkland residence was hitting people and that she refused to stop or leave, according to police.

They found Solo intoxicated and upset, saw injuries on her nephew and her sister, and arrested her after speaking with those present and determining that she was the primary aggressor.

In early 2015 while Solo was at a team training camp in Southern California, Stevens was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a US Soccer team van. Solo was with him at the time.

The former Seattle Seahawks tight end later pleaded no contest and was limited to 30 days in jail and four years on probation. Solo was suspended by US Soccer for 30 days.

‘Well, clearly, I wasn’t thinking,’ she told ABC in 2015. ‘I mean, it was a horrible choice.’

Solo was suspended for six months by the USSF in 2016 and her contract terminated after she called Sweden ‘a bunch of cowards’ following that nation’s quarterfinal win over the Americans. Solo filed a grievance that was settled.

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