Ex RTÉ pundit pleads guilty to being drunk behind the wheel with her twins in the car
Simone Smith – 27th July 2022 17:23
- hopesolo VerifiedIt’s been a long road, but I’m slowly coming back from taking time off. I pride myself in motherhood and what my husband and I have done day in and day out for over two years throughout the pandemic with two-year old twins.
While I’m proud of us, it was incredibly hard and I made a huge mistake. Easily the worst mistake of my life.
I underestimated what a destructive part of my life alcohol had become.
The upside of making a mistake this big is that hard lessons are learned quickly. Learning these lessons has been difficult, and at times, very painful.
I want to thank my beautifully strong husband for supporting me through this in so many meaningful ways and my mom for being there for us, always.
I want to thank all the friends who showed me support and also the ones who pushed me to take the hardest steps.
I want to thank my fans. The stories you shared and your faith in me meant a great deal.
I would like to thank my attorneys, Rich Nichols, Jim Trusty and Chris Clifton, for understanding that putting my mental and emotional well being first is most important to me and my family.
I look forward to opening up and sharing more with everyone in the coming weeks.
I also want to thank all the wonderful women I met during my time at the Hope Valley treatment facility and specifically to my counselor, Billie Lawson.
The women at Hope Valley are true leaders in their professions, filled with knowledge and insight on how to live a more healthy life balanced with kindness, empathy, tough love and understanding. Their no nonsense way of leading is a leadership style I have always admired and respected.
I continue to be a student of the greatest school called life and I will continue to learn and grow from these experiences. I will continue to gain empathy, knowledge, and stories to share.
I consider this a gift to pass it on to others because pain shared is pain lessened.2 d
- delbizz39Be thankful you’re rich and famous the rest of us would have much different consequences 🤷🏼♂️💯Reply
- johanbjornKeep it up 👏👏Reply
- c_u_n3xt_tuesdayShould be in prison like anyone normal person @hopesolo money speaks we all know that.1 likeReply
- garantiaivMe identifico,são 3anos,7meses,27dias.Mas o importante é o agora.Só Por Hoje!!!3. Decidimos entregar nossa vontade e nossa vida aos cuidados de Deus, na forma em que O concebíamos.Reply
- tejjers_privYou’ve been found guilty yet you’re making this about yourself to gain sympathyReply
- anderson_fanshaw_bIf you were a man you wouldn’t get away with what you did. Female privilege right here!Reply
Former US women’s national soccer team star Hope Solo has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired with her two-year-old twins in the car, calling the incident ‘the worst mistake of my life’.
The former RTÉ soccer pundit, who retired from the sport in 2016, was arrested in April after being found in a car park in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Sharing a statement on Tuesday, the mum-of-two said: ‘Easily the worst mistake of my life. I underestimated what a destructive part of my life alcohol had become.
‘The upside of making a mistake this big is that hard lessons are learned quickly. Learning these lessons has been difficult, and at times, very painful.’
©Hope solo after her arrest. pic: Winston-Salem Police Department
Hope had been charged with driving while impaired, resisting a public officer and misdemeanor child abuse. The latter two charges were voluntarily dismissed.
The Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office gave her a suspended sentence of 24 months and an active sentence of 30 days. Hope was given 30 days’ credit for time she spent at an in-patient rehabilitation facility.
Additionally, Hope was told to pay $2,500 in fines and a $600 fee for the cost of the lab tests, reports the Guardian.
In the wake of her plea, Hope shared a lengthy statement on social media thanking her family and friends for their support. She also thanked those at the Hope Valley treatment centre.