Hope Solo pleads not guilty, released in domestic violence case

by: The Associated Press and KIRO 7 Staff Updated:

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Quick Facts: 

  • Hope Solo pleaded not guilty in domestic violence case.
  • Allowed to leave on personal recognizance.
  • Next court appearance is Monday, August 11.
  • Solo's husband, former Seahawk Jerramy Stevens, had no comment in court Monday.
  • She identified herself in court as Hope Stevens.

U.S. soccer star and UW graduate Hope Solo pleaded not guilty in court Monday after being arrested last weekend on suspicion of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew.

The judge from Kirkland Municipal Court, about a 10-mile drive from Seattle, ordered that Solo have no contact with her sister or nephew and also that she not drink alcohol. Her defense team did not object, but called the city’s assertion that Solo was a flight risk “absurd.”

The city was asking for $5,000 bail. She was released on personal recognizance. Her next court appearance in the case is Monday, Aug. 11.

Solo, who married former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in 2012, identified herself as Hope Stevens.

"Hope is not guilty of any crime," attorney Todd Maybrown said about the case in a Saturday email to The Associated Press. "In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate incident. We look forward to the opportunity to present the true facts in court and to having this matter behind Hope very soon."

Officers went to her sister's home just before 1 a.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call that a woman at the Kirkland residence was hitting people and that she refused to stop or leave, the Kirkland Police Department said in a news release.

They found Solo intoxicated and upset, saw injuries on her nephew and her sister, and arrested her after speaking with those present and determining that she was the primary aggressor, the release said.

She was booked into jail for investigation of two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

A telephone number listed for her was not accepting incoming calls Saturday, and the voice mail for a listing at the sister's home was full.

The sister was not identified by police, but in her memoir, Solo writes that she has a half sister named Terry.

Solo, 32, has won two Olympic gold medals for the U.S. women's national team. She also plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League.

"We are aware of the situation with Hope and are now gathering information," the Reign posted on the team's Twitter feed.

She married Stevens in 2012 and his arrested in the domestic violence case was hours before their wedding. He posted bail that Monday afternoon, and the couple was married that night.

Solo said soon afterward that there never was an assault and that she and her new husband were happy.

"It's unfortunate what the media can do to judge before the facts are out there. It's hard to see, but it's a hard truth, and it's part of life," she said then. "I'm happy. I'm happily married. I would never stand for domestic violence. I've never been hit in my life."

In her last appearance for the U.S., Solo recorded her 71st career shutout, a 1-0 victory over France on June 14 in Tampa, Florida. She sat out the team's game against France on Thursday night in Connecticut.

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