Soccer Star Abby Wambach Arrested For DUI

Posted: Apr 4 2016, 6:28am CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Soccer Star Abby Wambach Arrested for DUI
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She's been an icon many, and she's been back in the news lately, but U.S. soccer champ Abby Wambach is in the news again for a very different reason - she was arrested on Saturday night for driving under the influence while she was in Portland, Oregon, according to authorities.

According to hail records, the retired soccer champion, 35, will be charged with a misdemeanor. She was released on her own recognizance.

In a statement released to NBC News, Portland Police said that "Wambach was pulled over shortly after 11 p.m. when a police officer saw her drive through a red light. After failing a sobriety test, she was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol."

Wambach has acknowledged the situation on a note posted to Facebook. She apologized and said that the incident happened after having a friendly dinner at a friend's house.

"Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down," she wrote. "I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated."

Wambach added: "I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example."

Last night I was arrested for DUII in Portland after dinner at a friend's house. Those that know me, know that I have...Posted by Abby Wambach on Sunday, April 3, 2016

However, the fallout still exists, and one of her sponsors, the Mini car brand, said that is was pulling some of the ads that featured her.

"We're obviously concerned about the alleged DUI attributed to Abby Wambach," the statement said. "This behavior is against the values we promote as an organization and the safety of everyone on the road is a priority here at MINI. Because of this, we are re-evaluating her association with the brand and are pulling content that individually features Abby from our marketing."

Some other sponsors, like Gatorade and Nike, didn't make an announcement. While what she did was wrong, it is likely that her "heartfelt" Facebook post will help keep her from losing too many sponsors.

Wambach just retired in October, just three months after she won the World Cup finals.

Since she retired, Wambach actively campaigned for Hillary Clinton, and has worked with FIFA to put more women on their executive committee.

Wambach's arrest also comes a mere three days after several of her former teammates announced that they were filing a wage-discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that will seek pay that equals male players.

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