American professional footballer goalkeeper Hope Solo is once again in the news but it is for all the wrong reasons and unfortunately this is starting to become a pattern with her. The supremely talented and attractive goalkeeper was involved in a domestic violence situation for the second time since November 2012.
The first time she was reportedly the victim in an alleged domestic violence situation with Jerramy Stevens, but there was not enough evidence provided to charge him and he was released the next day after which they got married.
Her current involvement with a domestic violence situation reportedly revolves around her being the initiator and aggressor of the violence during a drunken brawl and has led to her being arrested and charged with two counts of domestic violence, one each against her sister and nephew. She is being held in jail without bail.
There are many reasons for concern among sports insiders for Hope Solo as her domestic violence situations seem to revolve around the consumption of alcohol and her being intoxicated and how it looks for US Soccer.
She is one of the most prominent and beloved faces of the US Women's National football team and is considered one of the top female goalkeepers in the world. For a high-profile, public sensitive organization such as the US Women's National Football squad this arrest puts them in a very bad position, especially considering she was allegedly highly intoxicated at the time of her arrest. The last thing they need is one of their star players seen as someone who acts in an embarrassing manner off the pitch and yet that is what they are face with in Hope Solo.
If she is not punished for her conduct off the pitch it suggests that they do not care about their image and only care about the results. If they do punish her then how do they punish her? Will she be suspended for a certain period of time or provided conduct oriented measures that she must meet to remain a member of the squad.
Some football observers fear that Hope Solo's domestic violence arrest could be the start of the transition from her as a member of the US Women's National Footballer squad to ex-member and the end might be linked back to the embarrassing situation she has placed the US Women's National football team as one of its highest profile members.