U.S. Olympic Committee CEO: Hope Solo allegations 'disturbing'

Monday September 22nd, 2014

In an e-mail to USA Today, U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive officer Scott Blackmun called the domestic abuse allegations against U.S. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo "disturbing."

Solo was arrested in June and charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth degree domestic violence assault -- one against her sister and one against her 17-year-old nephew.

"Abuse in all forms is unacceptable," said Blackmun. "The allegations involving Ms. Solo are disturbing and are inconsistent with our expectations of Olympians. We have had discussions with U.S. Soccer and fully expect them to take action if it is determined that the allegations are true."

Blackmun did not call on U.S. Soccer to remove Solo from the women's national team roster at the moment. According to Christine Brennan of USA Today, "it's believed that the USOC is concerned about Solo's right to a hearing and due process under the U.S. Amateur Sports Act while she awaits a November trial."

Solo has played in three friendly matches for the women's national team since her arrest.  

- Molly Geary

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