Hope Solo posts message about DWI error after pleading guilty

Former US women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo reflected in a lengthy statement on Instagram, which she called in March, the worst mistake in the world. [her] life.”

Solo, 40, said she “underestimated the devastating part of my life for alcohol” in a statement published Monday — the same day she pleaded guilty to driving while she was disabled with her two-year-old twins in the car.

“It’s been a long way to go, but I’m slowly coming back from taking a vacation,” Solow wrote. “I am proud of motherhood and what my husband and I have done day in and day out for over two years throughout the pandemic with two-year-old twins. While I am so proud of us, it was very difficult and I made a terrible mistake. Easily the worst mistake of my life.”

Solo was found passed out behind the wheel with her children in the back seat at a North Carolina Walmart on March 31. She then sought treatment at the Hope Valley treatment facility and worked with counselor, Billy Lawson, whom she thanked in her post.

Hope Solo during the 2015 World Cup training
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“The upside to making a mistake of this magnitude is that hard lessons are learned quickly,” Solow wrote. “Learning these lessons has been difficult, and at times, very painful.”

The former soccer star was given a 30-day prison sentence and a 24-month suspended sentence, plus a $2,500 fine, plus a $600 fee to cover the cost of lab tests. Despite this, Solo was given a 30-day credit for the time she spent in an inpatient rehabilitation center and ordered to undergo a substance abuse assessment and complete all recommended treatments.

Additionally, Solo was charged with a misdemeanor of child abuse and resisting a public officer in connection with the March incident – however, both charges were voluntarily dropped according to her attorney, Chris Clifton.

Solo went on to thank her husband, Jeramy Stevens, her family, her friends, and her fans for their support throughout the ordeal. She also thanked her lawyers “for understanding that putting your mental and emotional health first is the most important thing to me and my family.”

Hope Solo mug from April 2022
Hope Solo was arrested earlier this year.
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Solo said she looks forward to opening up and engaging more in the coming weeks.

“I am still a student at the greatest school called life and will continue to learn and grow from these experiences. I will continue to gain empathy, knowledge and stories to share. I consider this a gift to pass on to others because shared pain relieves pain,” Solow said,

Carli Lloyd – who announced her retirement last October after a career spanning two World Cups and a pair of Olympic gold medals – got stuck under a solo post with three red heart-shaped emojis.

Solo was elected to the American Football Hall of Fame in January. In April, the two-time Olympic gold medalist asked the National Football Hall of Fame to postpone her ceremony to get her inducted into the hall until 2023 so that she could attend an inpatient alcohol treatment program.

In February, Solo targeted her former USWNT teammates, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, in a fiery Instagram post and accused the pair of taking “an easy way out of a fight they’ve never been in,” after settling their row. A lawsuit over equal pay.

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