Hope Solo Arrested on DWI, Resisting Arrest, Misdemeanor Child Abuse Charges

Adam WellsApril 1, 2022

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, United States' goalkeeper Hope Solo takes the ball during a women's soccer game at the Rio Olympics against New Zealand in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Th suspended U.S. national team goalkeeper said Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, she has had shoulder replacement surgery. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio, File)
AP Photo/Eugenio Savio, File

Former United States soccer star Hope Solo was arrested Thursday in North Carolina. 

Per TMZ Sports, Solo was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest. She was booked into Forsyth County jail on charges of DWI, resisting arrest and misdemeanor child abuse because her two children were in the car. 

Rich Nichols, Solo's legal counsel, issued a statement to TMZ:

"On the advice of counsel, Hope can't speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her kids are her life, that she was released immediately and is now at home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest, and that she looks forward to her opportunity to defend these charges."

This marks the second time Solo has been taken into police custody. She was arrested in 2014 on two counts of domestic-violence assault involving an alleged altercation with her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew.

Those charges were initially dismissed by a judge in January 2015 after Solo's attorney, Todd Maybrown, filed a motion stating that her nephew was attacking her with a broom when she "used lawful force" to defend herself. 

The charges were reinstated 10 months later after prosecutors filed an appeal with the Superior Court of Washington. The charges were dropped by prosecutors in 2018 when the witnesses in the case decided they wanted to move on and not testify in a trial. 

Solo was a member of the U.S. women's national team from 2000 to 2016. She helped the Americans win the World Cup in 2015, finish as the runners-up in 2011 and claim third place in 2007. 

United States Soccer terminated Solo's contract and suspended her for six months in 2016 after she called the Swedish team "a bunch of cowards" for their in-game defensive tactics during a World Cup match against the Americans. 

Solo hasn't played in a professional game since her contract with Team USA was terminated. She played parts of three seasons with the Seattle Reign in the National Women's Soccer League from 2013 to 2016. 

A three-time Olympian, Solo won two gold medals as part of Team USA in 2008 and 2012. She became the first goalie to be named U.S. Women's Soccer Player of the Year when she won the award in 2009.