BRASILIA, BRAZIL – DECEMBER 10: Goalkeeper Hope Solo of the USA in action during a match between USA and China as part of International Women’s Football Tournament of Brasilia at Mane Garrincha Stadium on December 10, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Hope Solo faces domestic violence charges after court reversal

Women’s World Cup champion Hope Solo will again face domestic violence charges from allegedly beating up her half-sister and nephew. In a report on ESPNW by Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN, Solo faces charges after a state appeals court overturned the decision by a lower court to dismiss her case.

Last night, Solo started for Seattle Reign FC in the NWSL Championship game against FC Kansas City. FCKC won 1-0 with an Amy Rodriguez game winning goal, her second consecutive game winning championship goal and FCKC’s second consecutive championship win against Seattle.

Solo’s charges come from an incident in June 2014 as Solo, her half-sister Teresa Obert and 17 year old nephew (Obert’s son) were at her half-sister’s house. As police arrived, Solo allegedly told the cops she was the victim but evidence at the time proved otherwise and Solo was arrested and charged with “two counts of domestic violence in the fourth degree.” About six months later, the court dismissed Solo’s charges and now those charges have come back.

It’s important to note that even though Solo claimed that she was a “victim” on Good Morning America in regards to her charges, Solo had been a victim of domestic violence herself. In November 2012, her fiancee at the time, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was arrested for beating Solo. Solo would marry Stevens very soon after that.

Because of the Good Morning America interview, Obert agreed to go on for Outside the Lines to tell her side of the story. This story was released right before the Women’s World Cup last June and sparked debate on if Solo should have played for the USWNT. In that report, Obert explained how Solo was drunk and defiant in dealing with officers both on the scene and at the jail.

This is a story that will appear with even more information. This is a story that won’t go away, not that it’s a story that should go away or anything, just that it won’t go away. Solo has reportedly tried using the dismissal of charges as some sort of reason to say she’s innocent and a victim, even though the case was dismissed due to procedural reasons and not necessarily based on what did or didn’t happen in June 2014. Either way, it’s back to square one and Solo is back in court.


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