Soccer / Sports

Hope Solo arrested in domestic dipute

Soccer superstar Hope Solo was arrested early Saturday after allegedly striking her sister and her nephew at a Kirkland, Wash., home.

Just before 1 a.m., Kirkland police answered a 911 call about a disturbance in the home. The male caller had reported that a woman at the residence was hitting people and no one could get her to stop or leave the house, according to an account of the incident released Saturday by police.

Officers arrived and immediately heard the disturbance inside. They entered the house and contacted several people, including Seattle Reign goalie Solo, who officers said appeared intoxicated and upset.

"There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation," Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray said Saturday.

Officers reported that they could see injuries on Solo's 17-year-old nephew and Solo's sister. After hearing statements from those involved, officers said they determined Solo was the primary aggressor and appeared to have instigated the assault.

Solo, 32, was arrested and booked into the South King County detention facility. She is being held without bail on two counts of investigation of fourth-degree domestic-violence assault. She will have a mandatory court appearance Monday at Kirkland Municipal Court.

"Hope is not guilty of any crime," attorney Todd Maybrown said in an email to The Associated Press. "In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate incident. We look forward to the opportunity to present the true facts in court and to having this matter behind Hope very soon."

Just a week ago, Solo, goalie for the unbeaten Seattle Reign and for the U.S. women's team, posted her record-tying 71st career shutout, as the U.S. beat France 1-0 in an exhibition match in Tampa, Fla. Solo has made 152 appearances for the national team.

Solo has also played on two gold-medal-winning Olympic teams and appeared on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

Staff reporters Joshua Mayers and Craig Welch contributed to this report.

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