US Soccer suspends Hope Solo for 30 days on heels of latest run-in with law; Solo apologizes
United States women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended 30 days for her most recent appearance in off-the-pitch headlines.
The latest incident came during USWNT camp in California, when Solo’s husband, former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens, was pulled over after the vehicle he was driving was spotted swerving on the road.
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Stevens was later arrested for DUI, but not before Solo was allegedly almost arrested for being belligerent in the passenger seat, pulling out a cell phone to record the traffic stop, and pulling the “Do you know who we are?” card.And now she’ll be suspended for 30 days. From an official statement from USSoccer.com:
The suspension stems from an incident that occurred during the current WNT training camp being held in Carson, California.
As a result of the suspension, Solo has been released from training camp and will miss the USA’s matches in Europe on Feb. 8 in France and Feb. 13 in England.
“During our current National Team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis. “We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team.”
Solo will be eligible for reinstatement to the team after the 30-day suspension, pending review and approval by U.S. Soccer and Ellis.
It’s important to note that the suspension notice doesn’t lay out what Solo was suspended for, or whether it happened in or outside training camp. But the majority of people will connect the dots.
Solo recently had assault charges against her dropped due in large part to a lack of witness cooperation. That happened just over a week ago, so -- and we’re obviously speculating here -- perhaps her getting in more trouble so soon, charges dropped or not, was the straw that broke the camel’s back.She’s apologized.
My official statement on US Soccer’s decision today. pic.twitter.com/WedGFPoADK
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) January 22, 2015