US women’s soccer team goalkeeper, Hope Solo, was conceived during one of her mother’s conjugal visits to her father, who was serving a prison sentence for embezzlement. Solo wrote about her father and the pain he caused her and her family in her 2012 book, Solo: A Memoir of Hope. “He was unreliable at best and a criminal at worst.”
Although she went years without seeing her father, Solo persevered as a young woman: she played soccer at the University of Washington and went on to win two Olympic gold medals. And then, in September 2012, she met former NFL football player Jerramy Stevens. Although Stevens had been accused of rape, had been arrested for multiple DUIs, and had been charged with felony battery, Solo fell in love with Stevens and said she would marry him. In November 2012, Stevens was arrested following an altercation that left his then fiancée Solo injured. No charges were filed. Solo married him the day after. In June 2014, Solo was arrested at her half-sister’s home for domestic violence. She is accused of hitting her half-sister and her 17-year-old nephew. Solo has pleaded not guilty.
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