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Hope Solo defended herself and her upbringing on social media Saturday after she was arrested a day earlier on multiple charges in North Carolina.
Solo was arrested in Winston-Salem in a Walmart parking lot. Police said she was found dead behind the wheel of a car with her 2-year-old twins inside. She was accused of driving restricted, resisting a public officer and child abuse.
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She posted a message on her Instagram stories after the arrest. She said she was able to share “on time” what was happening in her life at the time of her arrest.
“Our family is strong and surrounded with love. Our children are strong, intelligent, happy and lively, and we are present every day and give them the best possible life,” she wrote.
“… In the meantime, our kids are enjoying the NC sun, eating popsicles and playing on our property.” Life can be hard, but these are really the moments that matter. I feel blessed to have this kind of love in my life. “
According to an arrest warrant, a witness saw the 40-year-old former American women’s soccer star disappear for more than an hour behind the wheel with the car’s engine spinning and the two children in the back seat. An officer who responded to the scene said they could smell the alcohol and that they refused a field sobriety test, according to the warrant.
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Solo’s legal attorney, Rich Nichols, released a statement Friday.
“On the advice of counsel, Hope can not talk about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her children are her life, that she was released immediately and is now at home with her family, that the story is more sympathetic than the first prosecutors suggest,” and that she is looking forward to her chance to defend these charges, “the statement read.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested in 2014 in an incident of domestic violence with her sister and cousin in the state of Washington. However, the charges were dropped in 2018 after a lengthy appeals process.
Solo played on the U.S. national team from 2000 to 2016, competing in a World Cup victory in 2015 and winning Olympic gold in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London. She was a member of the team when the team won silver and bronze in the 2011 and 2007 World Cups, respectively.
She left the national team after leaving the Rio Olympics in 2016. She was suspended by US Soccer for six months after the fallout from a match with Sweden.
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Solo was the 2009 American female soccer athlete of the year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.