New details have emerged regarding the US Women’s National Team goalie and her arrest of June 2014. According to ESPN, she was belligerent, threatened officers, and seemed to be intoxicated.
The charges against Solo were dismissed in January by a judge in Kirkland, Washington, but prosecutors have filed an appeal after these newly found police reports.
“Mrs. Stevens showed signs of being intoxicated. Her eyes were bloodshot, speech was slurred, lack of good coordination, and the smell of intoxicants coming from her breath were present.” it states. It goes on to explain how Solo ‘repeatedly insulted’ several officers throughout the night of the arrest. She was asked to remove her necklace at one point and she allegedly responded that the necklace “was worth more than he makes in a year.” At one point the report details how Solo yelled to an officer, “You know that if the handcuffs were off I’d kick your ass!”
Despite all this, Solo’s attorney responded to questions about his client’s actions saying he was ready to present a ‘renowned concussion expert’ who determined her behaviour was more consistent with someone who had a concussion than someone who was drunk, had the case went to trial. “Hope was not intoxicated; she was concussed,” he concluded.
Solo’s attorney also responded to a question about evidence from police reports, that suggested that Solo was lying about her previous claims of being the victim, with a statement:
“Police reports and other court documents clearly demonstrate that the alleged victims radically changed their stories on multiple occasions and twice refused to answer questions under oath, despite court orders. Had the case proceeded to trial and the witnesses been cross-examined under oath subject to the penalty of perjury, the defense would have proven that Teresa’s son, not Hope, was the true aggressor, and that Hope suffered a concussion as a result of her nephew’s unlawful conduct.”
This was of course referring to her portrayal of the night on Good Morning America in Febuary, where she claimed that her 17 year old 280 pound nephew was the real assailant. Her half-sister Teresa Obert then gave her account on Outside the Lines, saying that Solo’s interview was false.
“I felt like I had just been kicked in the head,” said Obert, “She should have been happy, but then, randomly, she goes on ‘Good Morning America‘ and lies. I was very upset. It never had anything to do with size. She has tried to make [her nephew] feel small his whole life. He’s not aggressive. She’s a trained athlete. She’s strong.”
It’s all very he-said-she-said at the moment, but perhaps the truth will surface at a retrial. Although regardless of what apparent ‘concussion experts’ Solo’s attorney may have at the ready, the new evidence provided in the police report is going to be hard to defend against.