Should Hope Solo keep her place on the Women’s World Cup team? According to the U.S. Soccer Federation, who have defended her in the wake of a domestic violence scandal that rocked their campaign, absolutely.
She’s been courted by controversy as the U.S. national team continues to thrive at the FIFA Women’s World 2015, but Hope Solo, 33, has the support of U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, 55, who continues to defend her place on the team amidst a domestic violence scandal that happened back in June 2014.
The superstar goalkeeper’s selection has proved to be somewhat controversial, especially after Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal,69, questioned her inclusion in the USA team’s roster, as well as asking the U.S. Soccer Federation to investigate Hope’s alleged crimes.
Now, Gulati has spoken up following criticism from Blumenthal supporting Hope’s selection for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015. “Following the June 2014 incident, the Federation sought to gain access to the police report, witness statements and other associated materials,” Gulati’s statement read. “We also conducted interviews with Ms. Solo. Ms. Solo denied, and continues to deny, the public reports of the incident and claimed, quite vehemently, that her response was in self-defense.”
Furthermore, Gulati told Blumenthal that the USSF is working on collecting information and investigating new information from the case.
In case you were unaware of what went down in the first place, Hope was charged with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault for allegedly striking her half-sister Teresa Obert in Richland, Washington, according to a Outside The Lines. However, charges were dismissed in January when a judge claimed that a lack of witnesses showed bias in the case.
Hope Was Banned From Playing After Husband Allegedly Drove U.S. Soccer Van Drunk
Unfortunately, the incident with her half-sister was not the only time Hope and the U.S. soccer team were plagued by controversy. Back in Jan. 2015, Hope was banned by the federation after her husband, Jerramy Stevens, 35, was caught driving a van belonging to the federation while allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Hope was slapped with a 30-day suspension because she was a passenger in the vehicle during the incident.
The USA and Hope continue to thrive at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada, where they beat Australia 3-1 on June 8, and followed that up with a 0-0 draw against Sweden on June 12. For now, Hope remains an active member of the U.S. team despite any and all of her troublesome history.
What d’you think HollywoodLifers? Should Hope be allowed to stay in the team?
— Jon Boon