U.S. goalie Solo admits to 'horrible choice' that led to suspension

Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:11am EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - Two-time Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo admitted on Wednesday she made a "horrible choice" by being in a U.S. soccer team van when her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was arrested for drunken driving.

Solo, 33, was suspended for 30 days by the U.S. Soccer Federation for the incident, which occurred in January during training camp in the Los Angeles area.

"Clearly, I wasn’t thinking," she said on ABC's "Good Morning America" broadcast on Wednesday. "It was a horrible choice. I think I just wasn’t in a good place, emotionally, to even make good decisions.

"It’s not an excuse. It was stupid. I should have called a taxi."

Solo was reinstated Saturday and is expected to play in the Algarve Cup beginning on March 4, a key tune-up for this summer's World Cup in Canada.

The goalkeeper also defended the decision by the U.S. soccer's governing body not to suspend her after she was charged with a domestic violence for an alleged scuffle near Seattle involving her half-sister and nephew last June. Charges in the case were dropped in January.

"All of us, in my opinion, have a fundamental right to be considered innocent until proven guilty," Solo said. "I know U.S. Soccer took a lot of heat but I am very grateful that they let due process play itself out.

"Those eight months were some of the worst months of my entire life."   Continued...

Aug 20, 2014; Cary, NC, USA;   USA goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) watches a cross during a women's friendly between the USA and Switzerland at Wake Med Soccer Park. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA Today.