“Easily the worst mistake of my life”


Former American football star Hope Solo pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge on Monday while calling his action “the worst mistake of my life”.

Solo was arrested in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on March 31 for suspected drunk driving, resisting arrest and misdemeanor child abuse. Police said they found Solo passed out while driving with the engine running in a Walmart parking lot with her two children in the car, according to the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors say she refused a field sobriety test and a breath test and a blood test revealed she had a blood alcohol level of 0.24, three times the legal limit of 0.08. She also had THC in her system, according to prosecutors.

June 29, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; USA goalkeeper Hope Solo enters the pitch for a training session for the Women’s World Cup at the Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

His lawyer Chris Clifton told the Winston Salem Journal that the resistance and child abuse charges were voluntarily dismissed. Forsyth District Judge Victoria Roemer sentenced Solo to a two-year suspended sentence and a 30-day active sentence. She previously spent time at an inpatient rehabilitation center which was credited as her 30-day sentence.

According to the Journal, Solo also surrendered his driver’s license and was fined $2,500. She will undergo a substance abuse assessment and be required to follow the recommended treatment. Solo released a statement on Instagram Monday night addressing his plea.

“By far the worst mistake of my life,” Solo wrote. “I underestimated how destructive part of my life alcohol had become.”

Solo, 40, is a decorated former goaltender for the United States Women’s National Team. She holds the United States goalkeeping record with 202 international appearances, including 153 wins and an international record 102 shutouts. She won two Olympic gold medals (2008, 12) with the USWNT and the 2015 World Cup.

She was elected to the US Soccer Hall of Fame in January but rrequested that his induction be deferred until 2023 after his arrest. Solo was previously arrested in 2014 for misdemeanor assault on two family members while still a member of the USWNT. Solo maintained that she was defending herself from her nephewand the the charges were dismissed in 2018.