The U.S. Women’s team won their first game of the World Cup 3-1 over Australia in an up and down and exciting match which saw Megan Rapinoe score twice and showed that Hope Solo is still an elite goal keeper.
However, while her play on the field was spectacular, Solo and her domestic abuse allegations continue to be an elephant in the room.
Hope Solo was arrested last year on charges of domestic assault when a 911 call claimed, “Hope Solo is going psychotic; she’s f—ing beating people up and we need help”.
Since then the charges were dismissed on procedural grounds, but the prosecutors have filed an appeal to be heard in August. Hope Solo has also gone on a media tour to clear her name claiming she was the victim.
However, new evidence uncovered about her arrest show anything but that, and possibly, her that it was not an isolated incident.
Domestic abuse has come to the forefront of the sports world since Ray Rice knocked out his fiancée at this time last summer, and the Hope Solo case has proven to be tricky to say the least.
The first question that comes to mind whether if there’s a double standard when it comes to how we view male versus female perpetrators? For example, if the US Mens Team goalkeeper Tim Howard was arrested in a similar matter, would he have received no suspension, especially given how harshly the punishment was with Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. Hope Solo never missed a game, U.S. Soccer never investigated the incident, and she was awarded the captaincy soon after the incident.
It’s also more sensitive given that Hope Solo is representing the United States (should she be held to a higher standards), and thus punished more harshly, than those who simply play for local league teams?
Wherever the case leads after the Women’s World Cup, it has also showed the difficulty the legal system, and society as a whole, has in dealing with domestic violence.