Since her time on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2011, Hope Solo has retired from playing soccer professionally and become a mom, giving birth to twins Lozen and Vittorio in March 2020. In January of this year, the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced its decision to honor the former goalkeeper with a May 21 ceremony in Frisco, Texas.
But Solo will not be attending the ceremony because, she said, she will be at a treatment center to address her “challenges with alcohol,” which came to light after her arrest in late March.
On April 29, Solo announced on Instagram her decision to seek treatment. In her message, she revealed that she had asked the organization to postpone the honor.
“I have contacted the Hall of Fame and respectfully requested a postponement of my Hall of Fame induction ceremony to 2023. I will be voluntarily entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program to address my challenges with alcohol,” she captioned a post.
“At this time, my energies and focus are totally directed to my health, healing and taking care of my family. I want to thank the Hall of Fame for their support and for understanding my decision,” she added.
It was Solo’s first Instagram post since her arrest.
Here’s what you need to know:
Solo Was Arrested in March 2022
Solo, who appears in police and court records as Hope Amelia Stevens, was arrested March 31, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and charged with driving while impaired, misdemeanor child abuse and resisting a public officer. Law enforcement approached Solo while she was in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Winston-Salem Walmart with her two children in the car, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. She is scheduled to appear in Forsyth County District Court on June 28.
“On the advice of counsel, Hope can’t speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her kids are her life, that she was released immediately and is now at home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest, and that she looks forward to her opportunity to defend these charges,” her attorney, Rich Nichols, said in a tweet from Solo’s Twitter account.
Solo, who appeared on the 13th season of DWTS and made it to the show’s semifinals with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, took to Twitter to thank those who had shown their “love and support.”
Chmerkovskiy Previously Called Solo a ‘S*****’ Person
On an episode of the “Allegedly with Matthew Cole Weiss” podcast in 2015, Chmerkovskiy was asked to play a game of f***, marry, kill with the celebs with whom he’d been partners on “DWTS.”
Chmerkovskiy did not hesitate to say that he would “definitely kill Hope Solo,” according to The Wrap.
“She’s just a s***** person. People can be bad or good or whatever. You can have a s***** life growing up. You can have a tough upbringing. You can have history. You can have whatever. But if you are just a bad person, you know what I mean? There’s no excuse for that,” he said.
It is presumed that Chmerkovskiy doesn’t have contact with Solo, and he did not comment on the post in which she announced her decision to enter treatment.