Tue 26 July 2022 | 12:41

Hope Solo on alcohol treatment after being convicted of drunk driving

Hope Solo has been found guilty of driving while under the influence after she was arrested in March and sent to a hospital for treatment.

Hope Solo

, who used to be the goalkeeper for the

United States

soccer team, talked about her treatment for alcoholism after she was found guilty of driving while drunk.

Solo was arrested on March 31 in North Carolina and was initially charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and misdemeanor child abuse. At the time of the crime, her two children were in the car with her.

Her lawyer Chris Clifton told the Winston-Salem Journal on Tuesday that the last two charges were dropped voluntarily. Solo also gave up her driver's license and got a suspended 24-month sentence.

The former goalkeeper won 202 caps for her country between 2000 and 2016 and said she would start an in-patient alcohol treatment program in April. She had asked that her upcoming induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame be put off until 2023.

Solo has now used social media to thank the people who helped her during her treatment and to say that the incident that led to her arrest was "the worst mistake of my life." She wrote on Twitter, "It's been a long road, but I'm slowly getting back to work after taking some time off."

"I made a big, easily the worst mistake of my life. I didn't realize how bad alcohol was for me until it was too late. The good thing about making such a big mistake is that you learn hard lessons quickly. It's been hard and sometimes very painful to learn these lessons.

"I'd like to thank my lawyers, Rich Nichols, Jim Trusty, and Chris Clifton, for understanding how important it is to my family and me to put my mental and emotional health first. I hope to be more open and share more with everyone in the next few weeks.

"I also want to say thank you to all the wonderful women I met at the Hope Valley treatment center. I'm still a student at the best school called life, and I'll keep learning and growing from my experiences. I will keep getting more and more understanding, knowledge, and stories to tell. I think it's a gift to be able to share this with others because sharing pain makes it less painful for everyone."

source: SportMob

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