Hope Solo, who is currently charged with the offence of striking her sister and nephew in a disturbance at a Kirkland Wash. home, was given a Nov. 4 trial date on Monday. The Olympic Gold medalist and Seattle Reign goalkeeper has pleaded guilty gross-misdemeanor charges and there are chances that if she is convicted of this offence, she would have to serve at least six months in jail.
When she appeared at the Kirkland Municipal Court, she was accompanied by her husband Jerramy Stevens who is a former NFL player and refused to make any comments. Apparently the new trial date is not going to interfere with the Reign matches or the October CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2015 World Cup.
Solo’s lawyer, Todd Maybrown, told the Seattle Times that “As expected, and as is normal in misdemeanor cases, today’s hearing was about setting a trial date. We’re pleased that both sides, and the judge, agreed to a November date and we look forward to the opportunity for the truth about this incident to be disclosed which will clear Hope’s name.”
According to the lawyer, Miss Solo is actually the victim in this case of domestic violence. While she was charged with the offence, she took to social media site Facebook and posted this apology directed towards her fans;
“I would like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches, marketing partners and the entire US Soccer and Seattle Reign FC communities for my involvement in a highly unfortunate incident this past weekend. I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct. I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed.”