Mini pulls ads featuring Abby Wambach after DUII
Mini has pulled its ads and content featuring former U.S. women's national soccer team star Abby Wambach and is re-evaluating its relationship with her after she was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on Sunday in Portland, Ore, according to Advertising Age.
Wambach, 35, was pulled over late Saturday night after reportedly failing to stop at a red light. She was booked at the Multnomah County Jail at 2:02 a.m. for driving under the influence of intoxicants. She was released after processing.
“We're obviously concerned about the alleged DUI attributed to Abby Wambach,” Mini, which is owned by BMW, said in a statement. “This behavior is against the values we promote as an organization and the safety of everyone on the road is a priority here at Mini. Because of this, we are re-evaluating her association with the brand and are pulling content that individually features Abby from our marketing. We will continue to assess the situation and weigh our options.”
She took responsibility for her actions and issued an apology on Facebook:
“Last night I was arrested for DUII in Portland after dinner at a friend's house,” Wambach said. “Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down. I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated. I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.”
Wambach retired from soccer last year. She is the all-time leading goal scorer in American soccer in international play and was a part of four American World Cup sides. The USWNT won last year's FIFA Women's World Cup with a 5–2 win over Japan.
Wambach is also won Olympic gold medals at the 2004 and 2012 Summer Games.