Gulati: Solo’s apology ‘appropriate and appreciated’

Jeff Kassouf July 3, 2014 8

Sunil Gulati says he appreciated Hope Solo's aplogy for her recent arrest.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati commented for the first time on women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo’s arrest, telling Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl that Solo’s apology via Facebook was “appropriate and appreciated.”

Solo was arrested on June 21 on investigation of two counts of domestic-violence assault. She pleaded not guilty and is due back in court on August 11.

“I spoke with Hope last week,” Gulati told Wahl. “I think her comments, which she put on her Facebook page and other places, reflect how she feels about the whole situation. I think her apology was appropriate and appreciated certainly by us. I think the rest (we’ll) have to wait and see what happens with the legal process. Hope certainly understands that it’s not a right to play for the national team, it’s a privilege, and certain responsibilities come with that. And we would much prefer to have her in the news for great goalkeeping performances than anything else. We had a good conversation.”

On Wednesday, Solo played her first match since the arrest, helping Seattle Reign FC past the Western New York Flash, 2-1, to keep the club unbeaten through the first 15 matches of the season.

  • guest

    Still Not Guilty until proven otherwise Beyond a Reasonable Doubt – it needs to play out – appreciated apology or not. Gulati should not be speaking to her until the case against her is over, never mind going public about that, unless he wants to be called as a witness, or subject to a subpoena, so the prosecutor can ascertain if she made an admission against interest to him which can now be used against her at her trial.

  • Guest

    I was listening to Women’s World Football Podcast (Which is excellent btw) and one of the hosts Patty La Bella had a wonderful quote about this situation that really sums it up nicely for me.

    “…You have to understand, and i’m not making any excuses for her but if you look at her background and how she grew up, I mean we all have dysfunction in our family, a lot of us have to deal with alcoholic relatives and things like that but she’s, I even hate to say she comes from a dysfunctional background because that doesn’t even get close to it. I mean not many of us have seen our dad arrested at gun point in front of our faces or had to sit in child protective services when we were 8 years old while strangers decide where we live or have to deal with abusive relatives and harassment and neglect and abandonment….You don’t have a life like that and become Alex Morgan or Abby Wambach. The fact that she is where she is, as far as the most successful women’s keeper in the world i think, is amazing to me…Again i’m not giving her a pass card, i’m just saying this is her family dynamic, she’s grown up with violence and punching and guns and alcohol, this is the way her family functions.”

    • ladywing

      I agree with you. In some families, physical altercations are a normal form of communication.
      And not all those families are impoverished.

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  • VaFan51

    The legal aspects of this situation are only a part of the story and anyone or any organization who will let the guilty/not guilty decision determine “truth” is being lazy. U.S. Soccer can tie its decision-making to the results of a lawyer-vs.-lawyer contest, but the “truth” of the matter is that Hope Solo needs help. I would hope that her teammates, peers, real friends, and U.S. Soccer will counsel her to get help, no matter what happens in a courtroom. Otherwise, they are saying all we care about is your hands and feet.

  • AlexH

    We have a legal system. Let’s use it. If the state of Washington is willing to let her out on bail and cross state lines in order to play ball and earn a living we should be willing to do the same.

  • Brian1001

    I saw her statement, and thought it was cool. She used to play for Atlanta, so I’ll probably always have a little bit of a warm place for her in my heart and be a little bit protective about her, even though I don’t think her off-the-field contributions the last few years have been keeping up with her on-the-field contributions. But I’m sure she’ll eventually work it out, like we all do.

    -Brian Black