At the Women’s World Cup, star goalie Hope Solo has been instrumental in the U.S. bulldozing through the “group of death” round. Solo has surrendered just one goal in the U.S. team’s three games thus far. However, a cloud looms over the 33-year-old goalie’s sensational on-field performance in the form of a year-old domestic violence incident in which she was arrested and accused of beating up her half sister and her teenaged nephew. The case was tossed earlier this year, but her legal troubles may not be over. According to a police report that surfaced last week and exposed new details about the incident, her nephew was left bloodied by the alleged assault. Other shocking details emerged from the police report as well, a development that has led to calls for the U.S. team to bench her. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator from Connecticut, has been among the loudest voices calling for her to be reprimanded. Some critics are comparing U.S. Soccer’s handling of Solo to the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Sunil Gulati, the president of U.S. Soccer, said it conducted an investigation into the matter, but never interviewed either Solo’s half sister or nephew. “Based on the public reports of the incident and the partial police report, we understood that the complaining witnesses would likely contradict Ms. Solo’s version of events with equal vehemence,” Gulati explained. Solo said she’s begun therapy for the first time in her life. She’s slated to tend goal on Sunday when the U.S. takes on Colombia.
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