Hope Solo : U.S. goalkeeper seeks to have domestic violence charges dismissed

Updated: December 12, 2014
Hope Solo : U.S. goalkeeper seeks to have domestic violence charges dismissed

Hope Solo has a hearing scheduled for later this month after filing a motion to dismiss domestic abuse charges against her.

Hope Solo’s attorney, Todd Maybrown, says in court documents that he is asking for the dismissal because witnesses for the prosecution refuse to be interviewed or deposed by the defense despite numerous attempts and a court order.

The court filing also states that Hope Solo was lawfully defending herself during the altercation when she was attacked by her much-larger 17-year-old nephew, who stands 6-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 280 pounds.

According to the filing, the nephew became enraged over a comment made by Hope Solo and attacked her with a broom handle, repeatedly hitting her over the head with such force that the broomstick broke in half.

Hope Solo attempted to explain all this to the police who responded, telling them that the nephew is a “scary person and that she was protecting herself,” but officers arrested her anyway, according to Maybrown’s court filing.

The incident unfolded June 21 during a family gathering in Kirkland. Hope Solo was taken into custody and charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault. One count was for allegedly assaulting the nephew, the other was for allegedly assaulting her sister, Teresa L. Obert.

Hope Solo has pleaded not guilty to the charge,s and the case is scheduled for trial next year. She faces up to six months in jail if convicted.

The motion for dismissal says that Maybrown has made “countless” attempts to interview or schedule a deposition with Obert and the nephew, but those efforts have been repeatedly thwarted by the plaintiffs’ attorneys – even after the judge in the case authorized the deposition.

Kirkland city attorneys earlier argued that the alleged victims are willing to talk to Maybrown and never refused to speak to him.

Hope Solo, 33, has won two Olympic gold medals for the U.S. women’s national soccer team and plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League. She also appeared on TV’s “Dancing With the Stars” and in ESPN’s The Body Issue, which features photos of naked athletes.

Hope Solo’s continued play on the US national team has been a source of controversy with some critics saying she should not be playing. They point to NFL players accused of or having admitted to domestic violence who have been removed from sport.