Soccer star Hope Solo issued a public statement Thursday, following her arrest in a domestic violence investigation involving her half-sister and nephew at a Kirkland home last weekend.
I would like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches, marketing partners 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.
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 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.
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 look forward to getting back on the field where I belong with both Seattle Reign FC and the US Women's National Team.
Solo has been the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's National Team and viewed as a key piece of the squad as it prepares for the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
Solo was jailed last weekend and charged with two counts of fourth degree assault after her half-sister and nephew accused the goalkeeper of a late night assault at a Kirkland home. One of the officers on scene noted in a report that Solo's eyes were "red and bloodshot" and her "speech was slurred and I could smell the odor of intoxicating liquor on her breath."
Kirkland police released photos, which they say show visible bruising, swelling and cuts to both victims.
Solo denied the claims to officers at the scene, according to court documents. She entered a not guilty plea on Monday.