Starting USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended 30 days and kicked out of training camp at StubHub Center in Carson Wednesday, the day after her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was booked on a count of DUI in Manhattan Beach.
Solo was riding in the car with him at the time.
“During our current National Team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates,” said U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis. “We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team.”
She will miss the U.S. games Feb. 8 in France and Feb. 13 in England.
The move comes after U.S. Soccer was criticized for not suspending Solo when she was arrested on domestic violence charges, causing some critics to see a double standard given swift action by the NFL against players accused of similar crimes.
The charges were later dropped.
Here’s a statement from Hope Solo:
“I accept and respect the federation’s decision, and more importantly, I apologize for disappointing my teammates, coaches and the federation who have always supported me. I think it’s best for me to take a break, decompress from the stress of the last several months and come back mentally and physically ready to positively contribute to the team.”