SI- Jerramy Stevens, the husband of U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, defended her on Saturday, telling USA Today that the domestic violence controversy surrounding his wife is “a witch hunt.”
Last year, Solo was charged with two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault for allegedly striking her half-sister and nephew in Richland, Wash. A judge dismissed the charges in January saying that a lack of cooperation from witnesses prejudiced the case.
“Nothing less than unpatriotic,“ Stevens told USA Today of the timing the OTL report. “Low class, low class. It was super intentional. I don't know what their issue is personally with Hope, but it definitely feels like they have one.”
“I think that what's hard is that she's the victim of something that was really scary and a really unfortunate incident,” he said. ”[She] being classified even remotely close to Ray Rice and these other domestic violence incidents is ridiculous and outright wrong.”
First off, Hope Solo and Jeramy Stevens, huh? I don't know how I let that one get by me. Kind of explains the leaked pictures of her lady parts if you ask me. I'm actually really happy for them. It's not often in life that you are able to find your better half. It's important to find someone that possesses common interests and accepts you with all your faults. By the looks of things Hope and Jerramy have found just that. Hell, they are the new age "power couple". 'Romeo and Juliet' meets 'Bonnie and Clyde'. Just assaulting everyone from sexually vulnerable, 19 year old college students to entire family trees. They may not have found the moral high ground, but I'll be damned if they didn't find love in it's purest form.
There isn't much available to you defense wise when the allegation is that you beat up your extended family. In fact, you can say what you want about Jerramy Stevens' intelligence, but he absolutely nailed the the response on this one. If there is anything that can get a bunch of Americans to rethink their stance on a crime it's calling them 'unpatriotic'. Doesn't matter how reprehensible the charge. George Bush could have set the rest of the world ablaze after 9/11 and if someone so much as raised their hand with an inquiry they would have instantly been blacklisted. That notion is only accentuated when we are talking about someone that represents our country on a field of play. If there a situation in which you don't dare question an American's allegiance to his/her country it is during an international sports tournament. That is the one time where we are all on the same team, no matter how morally ambiguous the athletes we are rooting for happen to be. Now, I don't think anyone is oblivious to Jerramy Stevens' tactics. Nor do I think this will change the collective view of Hope Solo. However, sometimes you just got to take your best shot and stand by it. Contesting someone's loyalty to the flag may only plant the smallest seed of doubt, but it's a seed that wasn't there before. For someone as guilty as Hope Solo, that's to be considered a victory.
P.S. Hey Jerramy, media scrutiny isn't supposed to be fair. You don't want the talking heads to pick an inconvenient time to criticize your wife then make sure she doesn't go all 'Liam Neeson' at the family reunion. Either that or set up a play date with Floyd Mayweather, so you two can bond over how unfair Bob Ley has been to you.