Former United States goalkeeper, Hope Solo has just received a two-year suspended prison sentence for driving while intoxicated, in the presence of her two twins.
Arrested last March for driving under the influence while she was with her two-year-old twins, Hope Solo was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 2,500 dollars (2,450 euros) plus 600 dollars (590 euros) for laboratory fees. For two years, she will have to see a court-approved drug expert and undergo any other court-ordered treatment, according to the prosecutor’s office, as quoted by The New York Times . She also had to surrender her driver’s license and will not be able to drive a car until she gets it back. Several charges of child abuse and resisting a public officer were dropped.
Retired since 2016, the goalkeeper with 202 games (40 years old) reacted to this situation on Twitter:
“I am proud of motherhood and of what my husband and I have done day after day for more than two years, throughout of the pandemic, with our twins. Although I’m proud of us, it was incredibly difficult and I made a huge mistake. Easily the worst of my life. I underestimated how much alcohol was become a destructive part of my life. The good thing about making such a big mistake is that you learn from it quickly. It was difficult and sometimes very painful.”
A completed criminal record
With a brilliant career (world champion in 2015, double Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012), the former goalkeeper is not on her first charge. In 2014, she was arrested for a history of domestic violence, accused of hitting her half-sister and a nephew during a family gathering.
At the time, she explained that she acted in self-defense and the case was dismissed. A year later, she had again had trouble with the law, her husband, Jerramy Stevens, a former NFL player in Seattle and Tampa Bay from 2002 to 2010. They had been checked in an advanced state of intoxication. Faced with serious alcohol-related problems, the former American goalkeeper has planned to start a hospital treatment to fight against her addiction. To take the time to heal, she even requested the postponement of her induction into the American Football Hall of Fame, which was scheduled for the next few weeks.