Hope Solo says she’s entering alcohol treatment program, postpones Hall of Fame induction

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Former U.S. Women’s National Team soccer star Hope Solo has asked the National Soccer Hall of Fame to postpone her induction ceremony to 2023, saying that she will be voluntarily entering an in-patient alcohol treatment program and is focused solely on her health and family.

In a note shared to Twitter on Friday, Solo wrote that she has “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. She said that my focus and energy are now completely devoted to taking care of my family, health and healing. I want to express my gratitude for the support of the Hall of Fame and their understanding of my decision. “

The news comes less than a month after Solo, 40, was arrested in a North Carolina parking lot and charged with impaired driving, resisting arrest and misdemeanor child abuse. Although Solo’s impairment was not stated by police, she said that Solo and her children were present in her vehicle at the time. According to her attorney, the story was more sympathetic than what the original charges suggested.

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Hope Solo (1) of the United States celebrates as the game ends, while Jasmine Pereira (8) of New Zealand and Kirsty Yallop (11) react during the second half of the United States’ 2-0 first round Rio 2016 group G match win. AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Solo was scheduled to be inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame on May 21 in Frisco, Texas, as part of the Hall’s 2022 class. She was granted a deferment by the organization.

“The NSHOF fully supports her decision and looks forward to honoring her and her historic achievements at next year’s induction ceremony,” the organization’s executive director said Friday.

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