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Global Nov 13, 2012

Reports: Hope Solo engaged to, involved in domestic violence charges with former NFL star Jerramy Stevens

By Charles Boehm

U.S. Women’s National Team star Hope Solo turned up at the center of a rapidly-developing firestorm of a story in Kirkland, Wash. on Tuesday, as she was identified as the apparent, alleged victim of domestic violence committed by former University of Washington and Seattle Seahawks football standout Jerramy Stevens at a private residence early Monday morning.

Stevens, a talented player with a checkered legal history who has not played professionally since 2010, was arrested on Monday and brought before a Kirkland court on Tuesday afternoon.

Official documents were presented which described Solo as Stevens’ “fiancé,” seemingly confirming rumors that the two were romantically involved after being spotted together at a University of Washington soccer match over the weekend. Solo was not named as the victim of the alleged violence but the woman, who had a cut or scrape on her elbow, matched Solo’s age and description.

Solo attended the court hearing on Friday but did not speak to reporters.

The duo are both UW alumni who attended the school around the turn of the century. On Oct. 28 Solo posted a picture on her Twitter feed featuring her, Stevens and a friend posing with Halloween pumpkin carvings, marked with the hashtag “#dawgs4life,” a reference to Washington’s Huskies mascot.

The domestic violence charges against Stevens were dropped and he was subsequently released on Tuesday, with police reports and other documents offering further tidbits of information.

“Police report says Marcus Solo (Hope’s brother) said there was altercation in house with unknown person, and involved a stun gun,” tweeted Chris Daniels, a Seattle-based reporter covering the story for KING-TV. “Police report says Stevens and Solo were set to get married on Tuesday and argument was about whether they’d live in [Florida] or [Washington state.]”

Stevens has been involved in numerous legal proceedings dating back to high school, including second-degree assault, drug possession, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and alleged rape. This contributed to naming him its “Most Disgusting Player in the NFL” in 2008.

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