The USA plays its opening match in the Women's World Cup today, but goalie Hope Solo's personal life is getting more press than the soccer tournament. An ESPN Outside the Lines report yesterday looked into Solo's arrest on domestic violence charges last year, exposing some new details, including alleged obnoxious behavior after her arrest. In a jail report obtained by ESPN, an officer says Solo "showed signs of being intoxicated" and was aggressive and insulting, telling an officer that the necklace he asked her to remove was "worth more than he made in a year," calling another officer "a 14-year-old boy," and warning an officer she'd "kick his ass" if she wasn't in handcuffs.
The ESPN report, which included an interview with the half-sister Solo was accused of assaulting, is at odds with the account of the incident Solo has given the public, including on a Good Morning America interview, reports the Washington Post, which notes that prosecutors filed a rare appeal after the charges were dismissed and that the next hearing is in July. Despite the drama, fellow players and head coach Jill Ellis deny that Solo is in any way a bad influence on the squad. "We've moved on. She's been a fantastic player and teammate," Ellis tells USA Today. "None of that has even resonated with us, and I'm sure some of the players aren't even aware of it." (In January, Solo was suspended for 30 days after her husband was pulled over on suspicion of DUI.)