U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning soccer star Hope Solo has issued an apology following her shocking domestic violence arrest last week via Facebook.
Hope, who was arrested for domestic violence against her relatives, writes:
“I would like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches and the entire US Soccer and Seattle Reign FC communities for my involvement in a highly unfortunate incident this past weekend.”
“I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct. I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed.”
“Due to pending legal issues, I cannot comment further at this time. However, I am confident in the legal process and believe my name will be cleared.”
“I also would like to thank everyone who has reached out with messages of support and encouragement. I truly appreciate your loyalty, concern and well wishes.”
“I love my family dearly. We, like all families, have our challenges but my sincere hope is that we are able to resolve this situation as a family.”
“Adversity has always made us stronger and I know this situation will be no different.”
“I look forward to getting back on the field where I belong with both Seattle Reign FC and the US Women’s National Team.”
Solo, 32, was arrested on two counts of domestic violence assault on June 21 after reportedly getting into a fight with her sister and 17-year-old nephew.
On June 23, the athlete pleaded not guilty in court. Her lawyer Todd Maybrown says she is not guilty of any crime, though he declined to comment further.
A recording of last weekend’s Hope Solo 911 call was also released.