• Hope Solo silent about assault charges

    By: John Knicely


    KIRO 7 gave Hope Solo a chance to comment on Monday about the assault charges she faces.  The soccer star was accompanied by her husband, former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, at Kirkland Municipal Court Monday.  Solo, the goalie for the U.S. Women’s National Team and the Seattle Reign, is set to go to trial on charges she assaulted her nephew and half-sister.

    Solo apologized on Facebook following the June 21 incident calling it a “highly unfortunate incident.”  She wrote, “I am confident in the legal process and believe my name will be cleared.”

    So KIRO 7’s John Knicely asked her about the Facebook apology and if she’d like to say anything on camera.  Solo didn’t say a word as she walked into the Kirkland courtroom.

    Police say that on June 21 the Olympic gold medalist got in an argument with her nephew.  They say she called him “fat and pathetic” and the verbal exchange led to her hitting him repeatedly.  Police say when his mom, Solo’s half-sister, stepped in, she was punched in the face.

    The probable cause statement says the nephew broke a broom over Solo's head and pointed a broken gun at her to stop her from attacking his mom.

    On Monday Solo’s attorney told the judge Solo wanted a trial date soon, but has a busy schedule in the coming weeks and months.  The national team has a match on Aug. 20 and on Aug. 24 Solo and the Seattle Reign will play in the semifinals for the National Women’s Soccer League.

    The judge set the trial  for Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. at Kirkland Municipal Court.

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