Hope Solo Got Married To A Guy With A Rap Sheet And It’s Not Going All That Well

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo is known for being something of a free spirit. Hope does what she wants, consequences be damned. Like back in 2007, when she caused a firestorm by publicly questioning the coach’s decision to bench her in favor of Briana Scurry. Since, the Hope Solo ride has been one of near constant gossip and controversy. For her latest “screw what you people think” move, Hope got married. To a former NFLer with a rap sheet that includes a rape accusation. It probably comes as no surprise that Mr. Solo, Jerramy Stevens, just got arrested in Florida.

It’s been a busy two years at Hope Solo industries. After losing to Japan in penalties at the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany, where her hotness set the internet abuzz, Hope returned home to pose naked for ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue.

She was caught up in the debacle that was the WPS and magicJack FC, run by noted asshat Dan Borislow. She did Dancing With the Stars.

She released a book, called “Solo: A Memoir of Hope” which was partly about hope, all about Hope, and some about Solo’s iconoclastic outlook on a life in soccer. In the aftermath of the book, Hope’s grandma was a touch concerned, and created a list of things to ask Hope.

Then came the ESPN piece featuring Hope’s very candid comments on life in the Olympic village. Hope admitted to sneaking a non-athlete celebrity into the dorms (a big no-no) and claimed to have been drunk during an appearance on the Today Show.

“I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but we met a bunch of celebrities. Vince Vaughn partied with us. Steve Byrne, the comedian. And at some point we decided to take the party back to the village, so we started talking to the security guards, showed off our gold medals, got their attention and snuck our group through without credentials — which is absolutely unheard of.” And, she adds, “I may have snuck a celebrity back to my room without anybody knowing, and snuck him back out. But that’s my Olympic secret.” The best part, according to Solo? “When we were done partying, we got out of our nice dresses, got back into our stadium coats and, at 7 a.m. with no sleep, went on the Today show drunk. Needless to say, we looked like hell.”

An Olympic champion again in 2012, Solo’s star is likely as big as it’s ever been. She made headlines with a Twitter rant criticizing former USWNT great and current ESPN commentator Brandi Chastain during the games in London.

Back home in the States, her relationship with Stevens is naturally big news. Stevens’s history is not a good one. In 2000, Stevens was accused of rape while at the University of Washington. He was ultimately not charged, but did pay a $300,000 settlement to the accuser. His record is littered with reckless driving charges, assaults, and drug problems.

Solo and Stevens have been married for all of two weeks. It was the circumstances of their nuptials that first brought the couple’s relationship into the public eye.

Stevens was arrested in Seattle on November 13th after police were called to Solo’s home in the aftermath of fight. Steven claims he was asleep on the floor and was not involved in the scuffle. Nevertheless, the former Seattle Seahawks tight end was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault; a cut to Solo’s arm was enough for police to take Stevens into custody.

It wasn’t until Stevens’s arrest that his engagement to Solo became known. The two had been dating for two months and planned to get married the day after the altercation that ended with Stevens in jail. After Solo appeared in court and a judge released Stevens without charge due to lack of evidence, the couple followed through on their wedding. Later reports claimed the fight was due to a disagreement between Stevens and Solo over whether they would live in Washington (Solo’s preference) or Florida (Stevens’s preference).

Last night in Portland, Solo played in goal as the USWNT continued their post-Olympics tour, beating Ireland 5-0 on a hat trick from Alex Morgan and a pair of goals from Syndey Leroux.

At a Tuesday training session, Solo said she was happy and that the media had blown the incident out of proportion.

“That’s a hard truth, and it’s part of life,” Solo said after the practice. “I’m happy. I’m happily married. I would never stand for domestic violence. I’ve never been hit in my life. It’s unfortunate, but that’s what the media can do.

“I’m happy in my life. I know the people closest to me are the only ones who really know what happened. The facts are out there if people really want to find them out — they can go and find them out in the police report. But I would never stand for domestic violence. I won’t read any of the negative things about me or my husband. Like I said, we’re happy, and ultimately that’s all that really matters.”

Keep in mind that though Solo said “I’ve never been hit in my life” she claimed in her memoir that her Dancing With the Stars partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy “slapped” her. Perhaps she’s trading in semantics.

The latest development in this very public saga is Stevens’s arrest in Florida for violating his probation. The violation is almost certainly related to his arrest in Seattle.

Solo, being Solo, took to Twitter to castigate those painting her husband as a thug.

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