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Soccer star Hope Solo arrested in domestic dispute

Soccer star Hope Solo arrested in domestic dispute

ARRESTED: U.S. Olympic women's soccer player Hope Solo attends a training session during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eltham College in London Aug. 8, 2012. Photo: Reuters/Nigel Roddis

By Jimmy Lovaas

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team, was arrested early on Saturday morning for striking her sister and a teenage nephew during a dispute at her home in a Seattle suburb, police said.

Police who responded to a 911 call at Solo’s house in Kirkland a little after midnight could hear noise from the “disturbance” from the street, according to a police statement.

Solo, 32, appeared intoxicated and upset, police said, and her 17-year-old nephew and adult sister were visibly injured.

The soccer star was hosting a party at her house when the dispute took place, the Seattle Times reported.

“Hope is not guilty of any crime,” said Todd Maybrown, Solo’s attorney, in an emailed statement. “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.”

A phone number listed for Solo did not accept phone calls on Saturday. The phone number listed for the home of Solo’s sister also did not accept calls and the voicemail was full.

Solo is being held without bail in a local jail, on two charges of domestic violence assault in the fourth degree, according to the jail’s inmate registry, where she is listed by her married name, Hope Amelia Stevens.

Representatives from U.S. Soccer and Solo’s professional Seattle team, Reign FC, said they are aware of Solo’s arrest but declined to immediately comment further.

Solo’s husband, Jerramy Stevens, played nine seasons for the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Just a few hours before their wedding in November 2012, police arrested Stevens on the belief that he had assaulted Solo, but he was released because of insufficient evidence, and charges were never brought, according to media reports.

Solo has appeared as a contestant on ABC television’s “Dancing with the Stars” and has played on two women’s soccer teams that won Olympic gold medals.

It was not clear whether Solo had a lawyer. Solo is due to appear in Kirkland Municipal Court on Monday.

(Additional reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina, Writing by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis, Gunna Dickson, Steve Orlofsky, and Simon Cameron-Moore)

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