FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Retired U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach urged University of Arkansas students to learn from her mistakes after her arrest earlier this month on a drunken driving charge.
Wambach made the comments Monday during a speech in Fayetteville, a week after she pleaded guilty in Oregon to driving under the influence of intoxicants. Wambach could have her charges dismissed within a year by enrolling in a diversion program available to first-time offenders.
Fayetteville television station KHOG reports that Wambach says she’s owned up publicly to her mistakes and doesn’t want to “hide behind the veil of … legal representation.”
Wambach is the leading career scorer–male or female–in international soccer with 184 goals. She retired in December after 15 years with the national team.