Hope Solo is one of the most recognizable stars of the U.S. women’s soccer team (she recently graced the cover of ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue) and, as the Fifa World Cup progresses it’s natural that her name would come up this week.
What isn’t normal is the reason why she’s making headlines: On Monday, Solo was arraigned on charges that she assaulted her nephew and his mother at their home. She allegedly punched the 17-year-old boy and grabbed his hair; when his mom (her sister) tried to Stop Solo, the soccer star turned on her and beat her over the head with a broom. Solo was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the incident.
Despite the terrible charges against her, Solo entered a not-guilty plea in court. In fact, she claims that she was the one who sustained an injury during the incident. Solo was released without having to pay bail and was ordered to stay away from her nephew and sister, as well as avoid all alcohol. She will have to appear in court once again in mid-August.
Regardless of how it happens, when a major athlete like Hope Solo gets injured, it can mean an unwelcome hiatus from the sport she loves. If you have hurt your foot or ankle while playing a sport like soccer, schedule an appointment with your Houston podiatrist as soon as possible to avoid a prolonged absence from the game you love.