U.S. Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo was arrested for domestic violence last weekend. The soccer goalie, who once accused former “Dancing With the Stars” partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy of being physically aggressive with her during Season 11, took to Facebook on Thursday to apologize to everyone publicly for her recent arrest.
"I would like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches, marketing partners and the entire US Soccer and Seattle Reign FC communities for my involvement in a highly unfortunate incident this past weekend," Solo wrote. "I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct. I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed."
"I love my family dearly. We, like all families, have our challenges but my sincere hope is that we are able to resolve this situation as a family. Adversity has always made us stronger and I know this situation will be no different," she continued. "I also would like to thank everyone who has reached out with messages of support and encouragement. I truly appreciate your loyalty, concern and well wishes."
"Due to pending legal issues, I cannot comment further at this time. However, I am confident in the legal process and believe my name will be cleared," Solo concluded via Facebook. "I look forward to getting back on the field where I belong with both Seattle Reign FC and the US Women's National Team."
Her statement was barely on Facebook for three hours and already recieved more than 27,500 likes, over 1,000 shares and attracted nearly 3,000 comments.
The athlete, 32, was apparently arrested after getting into a fight with her 17-year-old sister and nephew in Seattle on June 21. She was held without bail for two days and then pled not guilty in court on June 23.
Some found Solo’s domestic violence arrest ironic considering the accusations she hurled at Chmerkovskiy in 2012. "He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly. I thought that was just how it went -- how dancers worked with each other," the athlete wrote in her memoir, "Solo: A Memoir of Hope."
The Ukrainian-born dancer never directly addressed the accusations, but instead wrote a cryptic tweet in 2012 after Solo’s book was released. "Always hated hypocrites and liars, but when someone is both and an opportunist, I just feel bad for them," Chmerkovskiy wrote. "Can't win at someone's expense."
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