'The reality was horrific': Hope Solo on her DWI arrest after she passed out in car with 2-year-old twins inside

'The reality was horrific': Hope Solo on her DWI arrest after she passed out in car with 2-year-old twins inside
Hope Solo reflects on her DWI incident involving her twin children in the backseat of the car (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for New York Magazine)

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA: Hope Solo, a former US Soccer star has reflected on her DWI incident involving her twin sons. Back in March, Solo was found passed out behind the wheel of her car with her two-year-old twins inside. Talking about the same, she has called this moment embarrassing and horrific, as well as her time in prison. She further talks about the fallout from the incident and her overall recovery. 

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The American sports star, 41, was arrested back on March 31, when she was found drunk and passed out with her two-year-old twins, Lozen and Vittorio, in the backseat of the car with the engine still running. This week, during the 'Hope Solo Speaks' podcast on August 18, she reflected on her DWI incident saying it was "a decision that has come as a great cost to me and my family." Solo said, "The reality of what this meant was horrific. The embarrassment. The shame. The financial loss. The thought of explaining this to my children when they’re old enough to search the internet. Mostly, I had to get to the bottom of why I found myself in that situation in that moment with a police officer knocking on my car window. I let the alcohol get the better of me in a decision that I will never live down."

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The ex-United States women's national soccer team goalkeeper passed out behind the wheel of her car in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina Walmart parking lot. She continued, "Today I am grateful for my 30 days away to read, think, pray, meditate and learn. Reading and meditation feeds my soul, so does seeing family and friends. I’ve realized now that my soul was slowly starved. And it was all my fault for trying to be strong for my family, for being prideful. In my strength, I was weak."

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Hope Solo #1 of the United States looks on after winning a match against Germany in the 2016 SheBelieves Cup at FAU Stadium on March 9, 2016 in Boca Raton, Florida.
Hope Solo #1 of the United States looks on after winning a match against Germany in the 2016 SheBelieves Cup at FAU Stadium on March 9, 2016 in Boca Raton, Florida (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Hope Solo reflects on her DWI incident 

Solo was hit with a 30-day prison sentence which she willingly took as it was not necessary due to a month she had already spent in rehab. One of the greatest female goalkeepers in history, Solo, even postponed her National Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony, originally to take place in May, to 2023. Talking to her Instagram family, she announced this decision saying, "I have contacted the Hall of Fame and respectfully requested a postponement of my Hall of Fame induction ceremony to 2023. I will be voluntarily entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program to address my challenges with alcohol."

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Gaolkeeper Hope Solo #1 of the United States poses after winning the Golden Glove in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.
Gaolkeeper Hope Solo #1 of the United States poses after winning the Golden Glove in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

For Hope Solo, the entire incident was a huge eye-opener for her which helped her get back on track. She continued speaking on her podcast, "There is no shame if we struggle with alcohol or addiction. Thank you to the beautiful men and women who taught me this. Suffering can purify even the righteous man, and lord knows my family has suffered from my mistake. Growth is gradual and painful, but worth it."

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