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Hope Solo to face domestic violence charges after court reverses earlier decision

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U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo attempted and apparently succeeded in putting domestic violence charges behind her, helping the team lift the Women’s World Cup in July.

The charges are back, though, and Solo’s personal life is once again in the spotlight.

Solo will face charges of domestic violence after a Washington state appeals court reversed a previous decision made by a lower court, according to ESPN. The case involves an alleged physical dispute that occurred between Solo and her nephew and half-sister on June 21, 2014.

According to police at the scene, Solo was intoxicated and uncooperative. Solo was also forced to the ground after attempting to pull away from the officers. She was then arrested and charged with two counts of domestic violence.

Charges were dismissed in January, but following another incident, one that involved Solo’s husband, Jerramy Stevens, being arrested for drunken driving while the goalkeeper was in the passenger’s seat, U.S. Soccer took action. Solo was suspended 30 days from the USWNT.

No current timetable is in place for Solo’s new trail.

What do you think of this development? Think the court’s decision was correct? How does this impact Solo’s future with the USWNT?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. She never should have been allowed to play in the World Cup.

    If women want the same treatment as men, that also includes the guilty before innocent pressure put on professional organizations to act before official judgement.

    • She was suspended a number of games. Saying she should have missed the World Cup would be like saying a football player can play throughout the regular season but if he makes the Super Bowl he should have to sit that out. So how about you get over yourself.

      • She was suspended a number of games

        In the very article you ignored in your haste to be a white knight it confirms the suspension was not related to the DV incident (or the reported resisting arrest allegations for her behavior).

        Go find some other cause to be brave about.

      • Also you’re the one twisting into this being some kind of a “cause” to start with. Each situation requires a different response. Sometimes fair, sometimes not. No need to make it into some grand conspiracy.

    • “If women want the same treatment as men…”

      Are you kidding? You must be pretty stupid because if she was given the same treatment as a man, she’d still be playing. And she is accused of beating up her nephew who is 6’8″ and 270. Yeah right sure.

      Anyways you want some facts, here’s some Stop with the stupid “If women want the same treatment” because if she got it this case would’ve gone away a LONG time ago.

      • HS is accused of domestic violence against her nephew, not “beating him up”. Your comment regarding her nephews size and weight is actually a GREAT example of the bias against men when men and women are involved in domestic violence…. since men are usually larger, they probably aren’t a victim.

  2. This is complete BS. The crime HS is charged with is a misdemeanor. Whoever heard of a DA going through the trouble of getting misdemeanor charges reinstated after a dismissal? Either the DA wants a high profile scalp or wants to not be the guy that lost a high profile case.

    • Justice must be served and should be blind even if the culprit is a celebrity. Believe me, if it had been me or any other male we would’ve already been convicted.

      • herein lies the problem, DA’s or prosecuting attorney’s look upon these charges as slam dunks, either a plea bargain or through the courts where they will, opposing Public defenders, about 90 percent of the time, a conviction. That is against public PD’s, But against a private criminal attorney, cut that in half (roughly) and against a GOOD attorney, about 30 percent.

        The problem here is with the DA, instead of bargaining down a misdemeanor, with another, lighter one, he threatened a felony charge.
        Solo’s lawyers got the original charged dismissed, but the judge ordered a dismissal with prejudice, meaning an appeal was necessary in order to prosecute the original charges. This is a lot of money the county will spend to prosecute a misdemeanor, albeit a high profile one. And even with a previous record, Solo will probably not do jail time. So, really if you look at the “justice” side of this, it’s a dog and pony show, promulgated by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” show that really got the fact (and the law) wrong, but has forced the DA to refile and try and prosecute (or intimidate Solo into a plea agreement) to make him not look “soft on crime”.

        I suspect, the judge will (or should) express to the parties the need to NOT make a show of this, but it look like the prosecutors office has already made up it’s mind.

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