Soccer icon and Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo went on Facebook today to address her recent legal issues, and to apologize to her fans for her involvement in a domestic dispute that led to her arrest on June 20.
The 32-year-old Soccer player - who is currently a member of Seattle Reign FC, a professional women's soccer team, and the goalkeeper for the US women's national team - posted on Facebook:
I would like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches, marketing partners and the entire US Soccer and Seattle Reign FC communities for my involvement in a highly unfortunate incident this past weekend. 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.
I also would like to thank everyone who has reached out with messages of support and encouragement. I truly appreciate your loyalty, concern and well wishes.
Due to pending legal issues, I cannot comment further at this time. However, I am confident in the legal process and believe my name will be cleared.
I look forward to getting back on the field where I belong with both Seattle Reign FC and the US Women's National Team.
The incident in question allegedly took place at a home in Kirkland, Washington at a family gathering. According to reports at the time, Solo allegedly hit her sister and her 17-year-old nephew. Police were called and Solo was arrested on charges of domestic violence.
However Solo's attorney, Todd Maybrown, roundly rejected the allegations, saying, "Hope is not guilty of any crime. 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."
Solo plead not guilty at her court hearing. It has also been announced by Seattle Reign FC that Solo will practice and possibly play on Saturday in their match against Blue Sky FC.