Disturbing details emerged when U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo appeared incourt Tuesday in Kirkland, Wash., with her fiancee, Jerramy Stevens, aformer NFL tight end, who was accused of striking Solo.
Thecouple appeared in court on the same day they were supposed to bemarried. It was unclear whether the two, who had been dating two months,went ahead with the wedding. A judge found no probable cause to keepStevens in custody and released him.
Police responded to adisturbance call at 3:45 a.m. Monday morning involving a fight at aparty, according to the police report obtained by USA TODAY Sports.Solo's brother, Marcus, said he used a stun gun on one of the unwantedguests at the party.
According to the police report, Hope Soloyelled "don't say anything to them Marcus" at her brother several timeswhen questioned by police.
Police found Stevens hiding on thefloor between a wall and bed, according to the report. Stevens said hewas sleeping, not hiding, and that he did not hear the fight.
Stevenshad dried blood on his shirt and cheek and there were signs of a fightin the bedroom. Stevens said the blood on his face was from a kiss fromHope Solo, police said.
Based on Stevens' account that he hadbeen arguing with Solo, the sign of an altercation in the bedroom, herinjury and the blood on his shirt, police arrested Stevens on charges offourth-degree domestic assault.
Stevens told the officer he andSolo had been fighting about whether they would live in Florida orWashington after their planned marriage on Tuesday, according to police.Court records show the two applied for a marriage license lastThursday, komonews.com reported.
Stevens, 33, has a lengthyhistory of run-ins with the law, dating to high school. He playedfootball at the University of Washington (where Solo also competed) andwas drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. In 2000, Stevens was arrested forthe sexual assault of a 19-year-old University of Washington freshman.However, prosecutors declined to file rape charges because ofinsufficient evidence.
Solo, 31, is the starting goalkeeper forthe U.S. women's national team. She led the Americans to the Olympicgold medal in London and Beijing.
Calls to her agent, lawyer andthe U.S. Soccer press officer were not immediately returned. The USA'snext game as part of its post-Olympic victory tour is Nov.28 againstIreland in Portland. It is unclear whether Solo will be with the team.
Considered the best goalkeeper in the world, Solo's career has also been tinged with controversy. In her recent memoir, Solo: A Memoir of Hope,she details her benching during the 2007 World Cup (in which shecriticized legendary keeper Brianna Scurry); she alleges then-coach GregRyan shoved her (he denied it); criticizes members of the USA's 1999World Cup championship team; and claims that Dancing with the Stars partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy slapped her (he denied it).