By Loydie Burmah |Staff Writer|
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and Seattle Reign Goalkeeper Hope Solo’s trial date for misdemeanor domestic violence charges has been scheduled.
Solo attended a brief court hearing at the Kirkland Municipal Court in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Judge Michael Lambo presided over the hearing and set the trial date for Jan. 20.
The scheduled date was set after Solo’s Attorney, Todd Maybrown, argued for the deposition of the alleged victims with a stenographer present, according to The Seattle Times.
“The alleged victims, Solo’s half-sister and nephew, had previously refused to be interviewed by Maybrown with a stenographer present,” stated Seattle Times writer Christine Clarridge.
The domestic violence incident occurred in June 2014 at a Kirkland, Washington residence.
Kirkland police responded to a 911 disturbance call just before 1 a.m., according to a published Seattle Times article by Jennifer Sullivan after the incident broke.
“The male caller had reported that a woman at a residence was hitting people and no one could get her to stop or leave the house […],” according to incident accounts released by Kirkland Police.
Reports describe Solo as intoxicated and unstable at the time of the incident.
“Court documents say the two-time Olympic gold medalist told her nephew he was “too fat and overweight and crazy to ever be an athlete,” according Clarridge’s article.
Solo’s nephew (who’s name hasn’t been released) is reported to have responded to Solo by calling her a name, asking her to leave, and walking to another area of the house.
“Solo, 33, pleaded not guilty to the gross-misdemeanor charges and was released from custody on personal recognizance,” stated Clarridge.
Recent cases of domestic violence by sport athletes have sparked serious debate about aggressive behavior off the field, although most athletes do not reap the consequences of their actions.