Just when you thought things in the world couldn’t get any stranger, I give you the saga of Jerramy Stevens and Hope Solo. If you didn’t know before Monday night, you certainly found out Tuesday that the former tight end for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers was dating the US Women’s soccer team’s star goalie.
For those of you who have forgotten, that’s when Solo filed domestic violence charges against her fiance because of an argument over where the couple would live when they got married. Fortunately for Stevens, the charges were dropped because of a lack of evidence.
Apparently Solo was able to look past the violence and still marry Stevens on Tuesday. According to Dave Mahler of KJR Radio in Seattle, Stevens and Solo tied the knot on Tuesday night, just a day after Solo filed domestic charges against her soon to be groom.
I repeated the charges because they are extremely serious, and so is the issue at hand. Either one of two things happened in the past few days with this couple and neither of them are good.
The first one is that Hope Solo called the police on her boyfriend (at the time) erroneously, which makes Solo’s judgement very flawed. Domestic violence is a serious charge and it’s not something to be taken lightly or callously.
Secondly she should be aware of the effect of her filing charges for domestic violence, only to marry the same guy the next day. Solo needs to understand how this reflects on herself and for all girls everywhere. US women’s soccer is a huge sport in this country and Solo is an idol to many young girls, what message is she sending to all of them? Why would she stay with someone who she clearly thought touched her in a harmful way?
I’m not suggesting that kids use athletes and famous people as role models but the truth is they clearly are. Solo’s actions have a deeper impact for more than just herself and Stevens and she needs to be smart enough to know that.
I am also not suggesting that Stevens is guilty of these charges because there is no reason for anyone to presume his guilt. I am only looking at the situation as whole and how it reflects upon our youth and for anyone who may look upon domestic violence as anything other than a huge problem.
Hopefully there is no more negative publicity from this couple and they go on to live happily ever after.
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