With criticism growing about U.S. Soccer, among others, continuing to support star goalkeeper Hope Solo despite allegations of domestic abuse against her, the woman herself has spoken.
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Solo, 33, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons after an alleged altercation between her sister and nephew back in June. Solo is charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence but with U.S. Soccer publicly standing by Solo during the process and letting her continue to play (which included her setting a new USWNT shutout record earlier this month) plenty are up in arms about the situation.
Responding to calls for more information on the charges, Solo posted the following message on her Facebook page.
“While I understand that the public desires more information regarding the allegations against me, I continue to maintain my innocence against these charges. And, once all the facts come to light and the legal process is concluded, I am confident that I will be fully exonerated.”
Solo’s comments comes just one day after U.S. Soccer declared their intent to let her play on until the legal proceedings have come to an end. Her sponsor, Nike, also stated that they are “monitoring the situation” and that she remains one of their athletes. If the Seattle Reign goalkeeper is found guilty of the charges during her hearing on Nov. 4, she could face up to six months in prison.
With so much furor around domestic violence in sports, given the recent incidents in the NFL, the fact that Solo is still able to play while the investigation continue means that U.S. Soccer has taken a completely different stance to the National Football League.
Solo’s situation has sparked plenty of debate in the media and our own Nick Mendola delved deeper into the topic.
The U.S Women’s national team will compete in the CONCACAF Gold Cup next month and Solo is expected to play in the tournament which will act as a qualifier for the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Between now and then, Solo will continue to be under increased scrutiny due to the domestic violence charges filed against her.