Saturday, September 20, 2014

US Woman's soccer star Hope Solo is also the face of domestic abuse

If I told you that a famous sports star attacked and beat their sister and nephew. What if I told you that this person was charged with two counts of domestic assault? What if I told you that this person who has a court date in November will not only be allowed to continue playing buy also represent their country. What if I told you this person was woman?

This person is US soccer start goalie Hope Solo who also plays for the Seattle Reign of the NWSL. She is someone you have heard very little about while the media continues to cover stories featuring black men who are accused of or engaged in domestic abuse. Her story has barely been covered even with the current firestorm around domestic violence. In case you haven't heard about her incident here's a quick update:

...Just before 1 a.m., Kirkland police responded to a 911 call about a disturbance in the 10600 block of 124th Ave N.E. The male caller had reported that a woman at the residence was hitting people and no one could get her to stop or leave the house, according to an account of the incident released Saturday by police.

Officers arrived and immediately heard the disturbance inside. They entered the house and contacted several people, including Seattle Reign goalie Hope Amelia Stevens (Solo), who officers said appeared intoxicated and upset.

Officers reported that they could see injuries on Solo’s 17-year-old nephew and Solo’s sister. After hearing statements from those involved, officers said they determined Solo was the primary aggressor and appeared to have instigated the assault.

Solo, 32, was arrested and booked into the South King County detention facility. She is being held without bail on two counts of investigation of fourth-degree domestic-violence assault. SOURCE: SEATTLE TIMES

This story has gone under reported. The question I have is why?

Could it be that no one in America cares about a female soccer star?

Could it be that Hope Solo is simply not as well known?

Or is it because Hope Solo's case doesn't fit the narrative of the angry black man?

Hey I'm just asking. Hope Solo has not been dropped by Nike or suspended from USA Soccer or her team or punished in any way for her actions. Now I'm not defending Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson because their actions were reprehensible. But if we are all disgusted by their actions shouldn't we just as upset at Solo's? Isn't domestic violence abuse no matter who commits it?

Shouldn't Hope Solo's face and story be mentioned with the recent flurry of domestic violence stories. Isn't she also the face of a domestic violence abuser?

I mean shouldn't we be teaching everyone that NO ONE should be hitting anyone regardless of gender?

Hey, I'm just asking?

George L. Cook III

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