Hope Solo discusses March DUI, rehab and postpartum depression

Former United States goalkeeper Hope Solo spoke out in a podcast four months after her drunk driving arrest, saying it was the worst mistake of her life and partly blaming her inability to function due to lack of support and postpartum depression.

Solo was arrested on March 31 and charged with drunk driving, resisting arrest and child abuse after someone saw Solo pass out in a vehicle with the engine running for over an hour in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her 2-year-old twins who she has with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, were with her at the time in the back seat.

Authorities said she also had THC in her system and a blood alcohol level of 0.24%, three times the legal limit in North Carolina.

Solo entered an alcohol treatment program and was given a 24-month suspended sentence last month. She was credited for her time in rehab, but was fined $2,500 and $600 for the cost of lab tests.

Solo said on the Hope Solo Speaks podcast that she was trying to move on with her life. She said after she and her husband moved from Washington to a farm in North Carolina, she turned to alcohol to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and be away from her family and friends. friends.

“I didn’t think I needed any help,” Solo said. “And I certainly wasn’t going to ask for it. At the time, I didn’t know I was just doing my family a disservice. I thought I could get over it. But the reality is that no one goes through the life without asking for help. My sense of strength and pride became my two worst enemies. And I found myself having the worst night of my life. I let alcohol take over. Better of me right now on this dreadful day, and I will suffer the consequences for some time.”

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Some of the consequences, according to Solo, relate to the “mommy shame” of “internet trolls” and the financial costs of her legal troubles.

“My income will no longer go directly to my family, which is another layer of guilt that I have to work to get rid of,” Solo said. “I can’t drive for a whole year, which is a huge inconvenience to my family and a loss of independence.”

Solo, now 41, was elected to the American Football Hall of Fame in January, but she asked that the induction be postponed until next year.

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