Soccer Star Hope Solo Arrested for Domestic Violence

Police said Solo got into an argument with relatives and allegedly struck her sister and her nephew

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    United States goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) catches the ball during the second half of a women's friendly soccer match against France Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.

    Olympic gold medalist and U.S. women's soccer star Hope Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday for assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, police said.

    Officers responded just before 1 a.m. after receiving a 911 call that a woman at the Kirkland residence was hitting people and that she refused to stop or leave, the Kirkland Police Department said in a news release.

    They found Solo intoxicated and upset, saw injuries on her nephew and her sister, and arrested her after speaking with those present and determining that she was the primary aggressor, the release said.

    “There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation,” Kirkland, Washington, police Lt. Mike Murray told The Seattle Times.

    She was booked into jail for investigation of two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault, and she was expected to remain in custody until an appearance Monday at Kirkland Municipal Court.

    “I consider [Solo] a celebrity in Seattle,” Murray told Time magazine. But “she was very uncooperative. She can lose her temper very easily.”

    It wasn't immediately clear if she had a lawyer. A telephone number listed for her was not accepting incoming calls Saturday.

    Solo, 32, is the goalkeeper for the Seattle Reign FC. She won two Olympic gold medals playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team and in 2012 appeared on “Dancing with the Stars.”

    "We are aware of the situation regarding Hope Solo and are currently gathering information," Shauna McBride, Director of Communications for Seattle Reign FC told NBC News in a statement. "We have no further comments at this time".

    In 2012, she married former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens. He was arrested just before their wedding for investigation of assault after a disturbance involving her, but he was not charged.

    Solo said soon afterward that there never was an assault and that she and her new husband were happy.

    "It's unfortunate what the media can do to judge before the facts are out there. It's hard to see, but it's a hard truth, and it's part of life," she said then. "I'm happy. I'm happily married. I would never stand for domestic violence. I've never been hit in my life."