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Hope Solo delays Hall of Fame induction for alcohol treatment

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Hope Solo has requested a postponement of her Hall of Fame induction ceremony, announcing on Twitter that she is entering an alcohol treatment facility.

“I have contacted the Hall of Fame and respectfully requested a postponement of my Hall of Fame induction ceremony to 2023. I will be voluntarily entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program to address my challenges with alcohol,” Solo said Friday, “At this time, my energies and focus are totally directed to my health, healing and taking care of my family. I want to thank the Hall of Fame for their support and for understanding my decision.”

The former USWNT goalkeeper was arrested on March 31 on charges of misdemeanor child abuse, resisting arrest and impaired driving after she was allegedly found passed out behind the wheel with her 2-year-old twins inside the car.

On Friday, the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced the postponement of Solo’s induction.

“Legendary USWNT goalkeeper and 2022 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Hope Solo has chosen to defer her induction until 2023. The NSHOF fully supports her decision and looks forward to honoring her and her historic achievements at next year’s induction ceremony.”

The 40-year-old is due in court on June 28 following the March incident.

In her 16 years with the USWNT, Solo helped the team to a 2015 World Cup and two Olympic gold medals. The celebrated goalkeeper, however, endured controversy during her national team tenure.

In June 2014, Solo was arrested on domestic violence charges after an alleged altercation with her half-sister and 17-year-old nephew. The charges were eventually dropped.

U.S. Soccer later terminated Solo’s contract in 2016 after she called the Swedish team “a bunch of cowards” following the USWNT’s loss in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics.