U.S. soccer star Hope Solo has opened up about her recent legal issues and asked for fans' forgiveness, insisting she is "just human" and makes mistakes like everyone else.
The goalkeeper was handed a 30-day suspension from the national team after she became belligerent during her husband Jerramy Stevens' January (15) arrest for driving under the influence (Dui) while behind the wheel of the team bus.
She was not taken into custody, but was disciplined by sports chiefs for allowing her spouse, a former American footballer, to drive team property.
She apologised for her actions during an interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Wednesday (25Feb15), when she admitted she "clearly... wasn't thinking", and added, "I want people to realise I'm just human and I make mistakes. I want people to be able to forgive me. If they are willing to do so, I want to be the best athlete I can be and the best person I can be. I know I have room for improvement."
The incident was the latest drama to land Solo in the news headlines for the wrong reasons - she was arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse following a clash with her sister and 17-year-old nephew during a family party in Seattle, Washington last year (14).
Her case was dismissed earlier this year (15) before it could go to trial, but the soccer star insists relations with her family members are still strained as she maintains she was the real victim.
The former Dancing With the Stars contestant said, "It is still very difficult to talk about. I'm not going to go into all the details. I was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of my 17-year-old nephew, who is 6'9 and 280 pounds. I was struck over the head, concussed pretty severely. It was a scary night."
Her sister Teresa Obert and her son, known as C.O., challenged Solo's claims in a statement issued to Gma producers, which reads: "It does a disservice to domestic violence victims to suggest that one's physical size is a determinative of whether one is an abuser."