Hope Solo comments on nude photos, domestic violence allegations

hope-soloHope Solo has been in headlines the past month for terrible reasons.

The US Women’s National Team soccer goalie was one of the celebrities whose private photos were hacked and posted on the internet this week and over Labor Day weekend. In that case, she was a victim of thieves who stole her privacy. In another case, she is accused of being the aggressor in a fight with family back in June.

On Tuesday, Solo issued a statement via her Facebook page that addresses both matters.

“It is extremely sad and unfortunate that the rights of so many women were violated by the unauthorized release of private photographs. This act goes beyond the bounds of human decency and, as such, I stand united with all the women affected and am exploring every option to protect my privacy. In addition, while I understand that the public desires more information regarding the allegations against me, I continue to maintain my innocence against these charges. And, once all the facts come to light and the legal process is concluded, I am confident that I will be fully exonerated.”

To refresh your memory, Solo is accused of attending a family party seemingly drunk. She allegedly got into a fistfight with her 17-year-old nephew, who grabbed a BB gun to get her to back away. She allegedly assaulted both her nephew and sister that night.

Amid heightened awareness over domestic violence, many fans and media members have been calling for the allegations against Solo to be taken more seriously.

US Olympic Committee CEO calls Hope Solo domestic violence allegations ‘distburbing’

Hope SoloThe US Olympic Committee and US Soccer have said very little about Hope Solo since she was arrested and charged with domestic assault back in June. The US women’s goalie has been accused of punching her nephew in the face and attacking the 17-year-old’s mother when she tried to intervene. On Monday, the USOC broke its silence.

In an email to Christine Brennan of USA Today Sports, USOC chief executive officer Scott Blackmun called the allegations against Solo “disturbing.”

“Abuse in all forms is unacceptable,” Blackmun said. “The allegations involving Ms. Solo are disturbing and are inconsistent with our expectations of Olympians. We have had discussions with U.S. Soccer and fully expect them to take action if it is determined that the allegations are true.”

Solo issued an apology shortly after her arrest and said she is confident her name will be cleared once the legal process plays out.

[Related: Hope Solo's nephew said she was 'going psychotic' in 911 call]

As we have learned with some of the NFL’s recent off-field issues, it is not always necessary for a team to wait for “due process” before deactivating a player. US Soccer could have entered into some sort of agreement with Solo where she stays away from the team until the case is resolved, but the team has instead allowed her to play in several meaningless friendlies this summer. Despite that, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati insists the team is taking the allegations very seriously.

“U.S. Soccer takes the issue of domestic violence very seriously,” Gulati said. “From the beginning, we considered the information available and have taken a deliberate and thoughtful approach regarding Hope Solo’s status with the National Team. Based on that information, U.S. Soccer stands by our decision to allow her to participate with the team as the legal process unfolds. If new information becomes available we will carefully consider it.”

As Brennan noted, three major corporations — Anheuser-Busch, McDonald’s and Nike — that expressed concern over the NFL’s recent issues with domestic violence have had no comment on Solo’s situation. All three sponsor US Soccer in addition to the NFL.

Hope Solo nude pictures leaked online again


Hope Solo nude pictures were leaked online again Saturday as part of a second round of hacked celebrity nudes that ended up on the net.

Over Labor Day weekend, photos of multiple women — all of whom were celebrities (e.g. actresses, athletes or models) — were leaked online through an anonymous 4chan message board. Some of the women confirmed the authenticity of the photos, while others either had no comment or denied they were real.

On Saturday morning, naked photos of more celebrities were released online. Many of the women involved in the leak have sports ties.

Solo, a goalie for the US Women’s National soccer team, had what appeared to be hacked photos from her or her husband Jerramy Stevens’ cell phone posted. At least one other partially-naked photo of her made it online during the original hacking.

Leaked photos of Hayden Panettiere, an actress and the girlfriend of boxer Wladimir Klitschko, were posted online. Hacked nude photos of Gabrielle Union, also an actress and the wife of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, were posted. Union and Wade later issued a statement saying they want the FBI to investigate.

Celebrities Vanessa Hudgens, Leelee Sobieski, Avril Lavigne, Lake Bell and Kim Kardashian were also reportedly victims of the hacking. Previously, Justin Verlander and Kate Upton were victims of the hacking.

The photos are believed to have come from a private celebrity nude photo ring online. It’s believed the hackers obtain the photos by means of “phishing,” which is a practice of stealing key information such as passwords by posing as a real organization (e.g. with an official-looking email) to trick people.

McKayla Maroney, Hope Solo pictures leaked

McKayla Maroney not impressed

Nude photos of a number of celebrities were leaked onto the web Sunday causing a mass hysteria for obvious reasons. The nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and Victoria Justice captured mostly everyone’s attention — no surprise.

The Lawrence nude selfies look like ones she took using her phone. Same deal with Justice, though she at least was smart enough to cover up in the pics (and she denied on Twitter that the pics were real). Lawrence confirmed the photos were of her and her attorneys are acting aggressively.

Kirsten Dunst, Teresa Palmer, Becca Tobin, Jessica Brown Findlay, Kristen Ritter and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were other actresses/models who had photos leaked.

Two notable athletes were also part of the group: Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney and soccer goalie Hope Solo.

Alleged nude photos of Justin Verlander and girlfriend Kate Upton also were leaked.

Maroney later tweeted that the photos of her were fake:

According to BuzzFeed, the photos were obtained through an iCloud leak and posted first on a 4chan forum by someone looking to sell them for bitcoins. The last time celebrity photos leaked onto the web (we’re talking Scarlett Johansson nudes), a guy ended up going to prison for 10 years for hacking into personal accounts.

A word of advice to those considering taking/sending nude photos with their phone: make sure your head/face isn’t in the pic. Do that and you should be safe even if you get hacked.

Hope Solo issues apology statement for domestic violence arrest

Hope SoloHope Solo issued a statement via her Facebook page Thursday to apologize her domestic violence arrest over the weekend.

The statement was clearly crafted by a public relations person and doesn’t appear to be the least bit genuine. You have to admire the use of euphemisms here, too. “Highly unfortunate incident” is how they describe the fight, where Solo allegedly attacked her nephew and punched her half-sister in the face. Gotta love how they say the family has their “challenges” like all families. I guess those challenges are Hope coming over allegedly drunk and throwing fisticuffs.

Anyway, on with the statement:

“I would like to apologize to my fans, teammates, coaches, marketing partners and the entire US Soccer and Seattle Reign FC communities for my involvement in a highly unfortunate incident this past weekend. I understand that, as a public figure, I am held to a higher standard of conduct. I take seriously my responsibilities as a role model and sincerely apologize to everyone I have disappointed.

“I love my family dearly. We, like all families, have our challenges but my sincere hope is that we are able to resolve this situation as a family. Adversity has always made us stronger and I know this situation will be no different.

“I also would like to thank everyone who has reached out with messages of support and encouragement. I truly appreciate your loyalty, concern and well wishes.

“Due to pending legal issues, I cannot comment further at this time. However, I am confident in the legal process and believe my name will be cleared.

“I look forward to getting back on the field where I belong with both Seattle Reign FC and the US Women’s National Team.”

Keep in mind that Solo pleaded not guilty Monday to the fourth-degree domestic violence assault charges she was facing.

Hope Solo’s nephew on 911 call: ‘Hope Solo is going psychotic’

Hope SoloAudio from the 911 call Hope Solo’s nephew made to police during the alleged domestic violence assault early Saturday morning has been released, and it shows how panicked the boy was.

Solo’s 17-year-old nephew has his phone call answered by an operator and gets connected to the police. While he’s waiting to be connected, you can hear him say, “Hope Solo is going psychotic. She’s f—ing beating people up and we need help.”

Solo and the nephew allegedly got into a fistfight after they traded words with each other. Solo allegedly punched her half-sister during the fight as well. She denied the allegations during a court appearance Monday.

Solo previously had a domestic incident with her husband Jerramy Stevens right before they got married. The charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Hope Solo’s nephew says he pulled BB gun during their fight

Hope SoloHope Solo was arrested over the weekend after allegedly hitting her sister and 17-year-old nephew during a fight at a house party and booked on two counts of 4th degree domestic violence assault. Solo’s nephew told police his side of the story, and he says he pulled a BB gun on the soccer goalie to try scaring her away.

According to The Seattle Times, Solo’s nephew told police that his mother, who is Solo’s older half-sister, just began letting Solo back into their lives. Solo supposedly showed up to a party at their home as if she had already been drinking. She was upset that her husband, Jerramy Stevens, was being a jerk and didn’t take her to catch a flight.

At the party, the nephew was talking about how he’s into performing arts and that he believes actors need to get into an athletic state of mind. Solo supposedly put him down after that remark — telling him he could never be a professional athlete — and the two got into a fistfight.

According to TMZ, the nephew walked into a different room to avoid the trash talk with Solo, Hope followed, and they did some name calling.

Solo supposedly called her nephew a p***y for calling his mother to help during the fight (Solo allegedly punch her half-sister in the face).

“I then told her to get her c*nt face out of my house,” the boy supposedly said in response.

Solo supposedly became enraged after that and attacked the boy, grabbing his hair and punching him. He then got an old BB gun in response to try getting her to back away.

“I then went into a back room and got an old gun that not work, pointed it at her and she kept coming at me. She didn’t leave but walked around me cornering me like a shark,” the nephew told police.

The gun didn’t scare away Hope. She only left when he called police, but she still tried coming back into the house. He says he beat her with a broomstick after that but she kept coming after him.

Solo is claiming that she was the victim in the fight.

None of this should come as a surprise; Solo has been a part of multiple incidents over the years and clearly has a temper and short fuse. She got into it with an opposing fan base last month, and she had a notable incident with Stevens two years ago. She is definitely someone you do not want to upset.