Hope Solo heads to rehab after DWI arrest: Former Team USA soccer star postpones Hall of Fame induction to seek treatment for alcohol addiction after she was found passed out behind wheel of car with toddler twins in the back
- Former US women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo was arrested last month on alcohol-related charges
- 40-year-old announced she’s entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program
- She helped US squads win 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medals and the 2015 Women’s World Cup title
- Solo was also granted a request to have her induction into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame delayed from this year to 2023
- Solo was arrested March 31 after police found her passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in a shopping center parking lot at Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Her two-year-old twins were in the car at the time. She was charged with driving while impaired and misdemeanors of child endangerment and resisting arrest
Former U.S. women’s national team star goalkeeper Hope Solo said she is entering an alcohol treatment program and requested that her induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame be pushed back until 2023 on Friday.
Solo was arrested on March 31 in a parking lot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina after she was found passed out with her two-year-old twins inside.
She was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and misdemeanor child abuse.
‘I have contacted the Hall of Fame and respectfully requested a postponement of my Hall of Fame induction ceremony to 2023,’ Solo said in a statement posted to her Twitter account. ‘I will be voluntarily entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program to address my challenges with alcohol.
Former US women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo was arrested last month on alcohol-related charges. She is pictured in 2015 with the gold Adidas glove award
‘I have contacted the Hall of Fame and respectfully requested a postponement of my Hall of Fame induction ceremony to 2023,’ Solo said in a statement posted to her Twitter account. ‘I will be voluntarily entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program to address my challenges with alcohol
Solo, left, has two twins with former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens. They were allegedly in the car with her last month when she was arrested for DWI
Solo was reportedly found passed out behind the wheel at a Walmart Super Center in March
‘At this time, my energies and focus are totally directed to my health, healing and taking care of my family. I want to thank the Hall of Fame for their support and for understanding my decision.’
Days after her arrest, Solo wrote on Instagram that her family is ‘strong,’ and they ‘will be able to share the facts in due time’, left. She if picture in her arrest photo from March
The Hall of Fame also issued a statement on Friday.
‘Legendary USWNT goalkeeper and 2022 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Hope Solo has chosen to defer her induction until 2023,’ the statement read. ‘The NSHOF fully supports her decision and looks forward to honoring her and her historic achievements at next year’s induction ceremony.’
This year’s induction ceremonies are scheduled for May 21 in Frisco, Texas. Solo is scheduled to appear in court on June 28.
In the most recent incident, Solo’s engine was running when police arrived. She initially refused to get out of her car and later failed a field sobriety test.
In an Instagram post after her arrest, Solo thanked those who have reached out to her and offered support.
‘Our family is strong and surround with love,’ Solo said in her post. ‘Our kids are strong, intelligent, happy and vibrant and we are present everyday giving them the best life possible.
‘We will be able to share the facts in due time. In the meantime, our kids are enjoying the (North Carolina) sun, eating popsicles and playing on our property. Life can be tough, but these are truly the moments that matter. I feel blessed to have this kind of love and support.’
In 2011, Solo became an icon for the sport as she played in the FIFA Women’s World Cup while recovering from a shoulder injury, with the team overcoming an early loss to make their way to the finals
In 2014, Solo became a media sensation for all the wrong reasons after she was arrested for assaulting her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew in their Seattle, Washington home
Solo has had previous brushes with the law, including one in 2014 when she was arrested at her home in Washington for allegedly assaulting her nephew and a half-sister. That case was later dismissed after prosecution witnesses declined to testify against her.
Solo, a native of Richland, Washington state, was the goalkeeper for the 2015 World Cup-winning squad as well as the 2007 and 2011 teams.
Widely considered one of the greatest female goalkeeper’s to play the game, she also earned gold medals as the goalie for the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams.
Overall, Solo earned 202 caps with the national team and holds the record of 102 career shutouts.
Solo is married to former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens.
Solo is married to former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens. She is pictured kissing him after winning the final football match between USA and Japan during their 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup