Former United States women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo tweeted on Friday that she is voluntarily participating in an inpatient alcohol treatment program and requested that her induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame be postponed until 2023.
Solo, 40, was arrested on March 31 after she was found fainting behind the wheel of a vehicle in North Carolina with her 2-year-old twins inside.
In the tweet, Solo wrote: “I have contacted the Hall of Fame and respectfully requested a postponement of my Hall of Fame induction ceremony until 2023. I will voluntarily participate in an inpatient alcohol treatment program to address my challenges with alcohol.
“At this point, my energy and focus is completely focused on 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.”
The Hall of Fame issued a statement on Friday saying: “The legendary USWNT goalkeeper and 2022 National Soccer Hall of Fame-backed Hope Solo has chosen to postpone her inauguration until 2023. NSHOF fully supports her decision and looks forward to honoring her and her historic performance at next year’s inauguration ceremony. “
According to an arrest report obtained by ESPN, Solo was found fainting behind the wheel of a vehicle in a parking lot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with the engine running and her two children in the back seat. She was charged with driving in disability, misdemeanor endangered child and misdemeanor for resisting arrest after she refused to get out of the car. She also refused a field sobriety test, resulting in an automatic suspension of her driver’s license for one year. She later had blood drawn.
After spending part of the night in jail, she was released and is scheduled to appear in court on June 28.
Solo enjoyed a fantastic career in the United States, but controversies were rarely far away. She was suspended for 30 days in early 2015 after she and her husband Jerramy Stevens were stopped in an American football-owned van and Stevens was charged with DUI. Solo was also arrested after an incident of domestic violence with family members in 2014, though those charges were eventually dropped.
Solo’s career also saw her clash with the American Football Association as well as coaches. She was benched by then-manager Greg Ryan in 2007 ahead of the World Cup semi-final against Brazil. After the American team’s 4-0 defeat, Solo came up with comments that questioned the decision, which was also interpreted as criticism by teammate Briana Scurry.
After the American team’s exclusion from the Olympics in 2016 in Brazil, Solo Sweden called “cowards” for their defensive tactics, which saw the Swedes eventually win via penalty shootout. She was fired from the team shortly after.
Solo played 202 matches for the United States and was part of the World Cup-winning team in 2015 as well as Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012.