Hope Solo Addresses Domestic Violence Assault Allegations, Soccer Suspension

The soccer star talks publicly for the first time since the charges were filed against her.
4:35 | 02/25/15

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We turn to big news over the weekend in the sports world. Hope solo is reinstated by U.S. Soccer and, robin, she sat down with you for an exclusive interview. That's right much hope solo has helped lead team usa to two olympic gold medals but lately she's been making more headlines off the field and this morning she's opening up about those problems for the first time. Quite a save by solo. Reporter: With two olympic gold medals and record 78 career shutouts hope solo is arguably one of the best athletes in the world. But last June her career almost came to a halt. At a family gathering she was charged with domestic violence assault accused by her nephew of pumping and tackling him. Solo pleaded not guilty and was released pending trial. Eight months later the case was dismissed. I can only imagine what it had to have been like for those eight months hearing those things that were said and you were not able to say what happened that night. Are you able now. Still very difficult to talk about. What took place that night. I'm not going to go into all of the details. I was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of a -- my 17-year-old nephew who is 6'9". 280 pounds. I was struck over the head and concussed pretty severely. It was a very scary night. You were not suspended by U.S. Soccer and many people felt that in light of what was going on in the NFL with violence and assault and players were being suspended, that you were not and how do you respond to those critics who say, hey, wait a minute, is that fair. All of us in my opinion have a fundamental right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. I know U.S. Soccer took a lot of heat but I am very grateful that they let due process play itself out. But then just one week after being exonerated for assault charges, solo was in the headlines again. Her husband, former Seattle seahawk jerramy Stevens was arrested for driving under the influence driving a U.S. Soccer team van. Hope was in the vehicle. This time U.S. Soccer suspended solo for 30 days. What in the world were you thinking? Clearly I wasn't thinking. It was horrible choice. I think I just wasn't in a good place emotionally to even make good decisions. I mean, it's not an excuse but I just -- it was stupid. We should have called a taxi. I can only imagine, hope, you must be on a roller coaster of emotions. I'm working through those emotions, I will filled with anger and I'm finally able to sit down and talk to somebody about what I've been going through, very traumatic events over the last year and just being able to speak to somebody has been beneficial for me. I can cry it out. I can try to understand it. It's been healthy for me to just talk it out and to deal with my emotions instead of just tucking them away. Knowing that you have so many young fans and they have parents and to know that the suspension was because of a behavioral issue, how do you deal with that? I'm not going to be too hard on myself right now. But, you know, in terms of what parents tell their kids, everybody makes mistakes. Everybody learns from them hopefully and continues to work on themselves. I'm a work in progress and I will continue to be a work in progress until the end of my days. Solo is focused on the future and says she's finally in a good place, not perfect but good. What is it that you want people when they see this to walk away thinking about you differently than what they may have thought about you before. I want people to realize I'm just human. I'm just human and I make mistakes and I want people to be able to forgive me if they're willing to do so, I just want to be the best athlete I can be, the best person I can be and I know I have a lot of room for improvement. And late last night we received a statement from hope's nephew and his mother regarding our story and they believe and this is a quote from them "It does a disservice to domestic violence victims to suggest that one's physical size is a determinative of whether one is an abuser." They maintain that hope was the aggressor but once again all charges were dropped in that case and she is currently with the national team in Portugal playing in a tournament playing Norway next week all in anticipation of the world cup which will be this summer in canning da. Coming back. Owning up to her mistakes and looking forward to the future and we'll have much more on our conversation in later days. Good luck to her.

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