USA women’s soccer champ Hope Solo defends parenting after DUI arrest

U.S. women’s soccer champion Hope Solo defended her parenting after she was arrested for drunk driving and child abuse.

The former goalkeeper released a statement on social media saying her family “is strong and surrounded by love,” Fox News reported.

Hope Solo issues statement

Solo was charged with resisting arrest, driving impaired, and child abuse after getting arrested in North Carolina on Thursday.

She was allegedly found passed out in her car, with the engine running, in a Winston-Salem parking lot with her two-year old twins in the backseat. The arrest warrant says that Solo refused to take a field sobriety test and that the cop who responded to the scene noticed the smell of alcohol.

In an Instagram post, Solo said that she would “share the facts in due time.”

“… In the meantime, our kids are enjoying the NC sun, eating popsicles and playing on our property. Life can be tough, but these are truly the moments that matter. I feel blessed to have this kind of love in my life.”

Controversial sports star

Solo was released “immediately” from jail, her lawyer, Rich Nichols, said, adding that the story is “more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest.”

“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,” he said.

Solo was charged in 2014 in a domestic violence incident involving her sister and nephew, but the charges were eventually dropped in 2018.

In 2015, Solo was suspended for 30 days after her husband, former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens, was charged with a DUI while driving a U.S. Soccer van. Solo was with her husband in the car and was said to be belligerent with police.

Solo helped the U.S. women’s soccer team win two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup before she was booted in 2016 for calling Sweden “cowards” after the U.S. lost in the Olympic quarterfinals.

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