There was a sign at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester on Thursday regarding US goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has been through the wringer in recent months after being arrested for domestic abuse of multiple family members (She plead not guilty).
Given all the understandable furor over the heinous domestic abuse incidents involving NFL players Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jonathan Dwyer and others, it was reasonable to think a fan could comment on the issue. Only they didn’t.
The sign requested Solo stand underneath it for a photo.
Therein lies the rub, and Cindy Boren addressed it in a Washington Post piece today:
But as the NFL grapples with its domestic-violence crisis, Solo, who has been accused of the same crime, continues to play for her pro soccer team as well as the national team as she awaits trial in November. Solo has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence in an alleged assault of her sister and 17-year-old nephew last summer in Kirkland, Wash.
Unlike some of the biggest NFL stars, Solo, who is their counterpart in women’s soccer and someone touted as a role model, quietly goes about her business of keeping soccer balls from going into the net. NFL stars like Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Jonathan Dwyer and Adrian Peterson were banished after massive sponsor, political and fan pressure, but Nike, for instance,has remained silent on Solo.
Thursday’s match, a 4-0 US win, was not the first time Solo has played since her arrest. In fact, her arrest occurred in late June. Her not guilty plea happened just two days later. And, assuming US Soccer has done its due diligence on the case, she can play until proven guilty. Her club, Seattle Reign, was no different and helped set the precedent.
Now, theoretically, we may one day find out that the “personal reasons” that excused Solo from summer games were team mandated. We also may find out that Solo was legitimately acting in self-defense and wasn’t inebriated. She’s reportedly been a victim of domestic abuse in the past, and deserves a level of privacy, sure. But we haven’t seen burnt Hope Solo jerseys, have we?
At the very least, it’s worth a read and discussion.