Yesterday TMZ broke the news that former Seahawks and Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested in Los Angeles early Monday morning for DUI. Hope Solo—the U.S. Soccer goalkeeper and Stevens's wife—was also in the car, and TMZ says she and Stevens were belligerent with police (emphasis theirs):
We're told Solo was "acting belligerent" in the car ... and pulled out her cell phone to record officers during the stop.
One source says "they were a major pain" ... and cops were thiiis close to arresting Solo for disorderly conduct.
We're told both Solo and Stevens were trying to play the dreaded, "Don't you know who we are?" card.
Stevens—and Solo to a much lesser extent—has a long history of interactions with the police. Most recently, Stevens was arrested last summer for an alleged probation violation, while two years ago he was arrested for an alleged assault on Solo—though the case was later dropped. A year before that he was arrested for getting into bar fights, and while he was in college he was arrested on suspicion of rape. For her contribution to the delinquency of the couple, just last week Solo had charges of domestic assault against her own nephew dropped.
U.S. Soccer interviewed Solo about the incident, and afterwards suspended her for a month. Via the New York Times:
U.S. Soccer officials, including [coach Jill] Ellis, learned of the incident through the TMZ report Tuesday afternoon. They confronted Solo, who has been with the national team in Carson, Calif., for a three-week camp that began Jan. 5, and she gave her version of the events, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.
"During our current national team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on U.S. Soccer and her teammates," the national team's coach, Jill Ellis, said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. "We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team."
Solo, 33, has accepted the 30-day suspension and left camp, the source said.
Solo will miss two friendlies in Europe, but will presumably be reinstated in time for March's Algarve Cup in Portugal, as well as June's Women's World Cup in Canada.
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