Hope Solo Still Playing for U.S. Soccer Team Despite Domestic Violence Charges

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Hope Solo

The goalie was arrested in June on two counts of domestic violence assault

As the NFL deals with fallout from what has been perceived as overly lenient reactions to its players' abuse incidents, it is clear that other sports leagues face similar issues.

Hope Solo, perhaps the best-known current member of the U.S. women's soccer team, is still playing on the squad despite domestic violence charges stemming from an incident over the summer, as reported by The New York Times.

Solo, the team's 33-year-old star goalkeeper, was arrested in June on two counts of domestic violence assault for hitting her sister and her 17-year-old nephew. Solo pleaded not guilty to the charges, with her trial set for November.

Solo, who competed on Dancing With the Stars in 2011, played in the U.S. team's game against Mexico on Thursday. The U.S. team won 4-0 as Solo added to her record of 73 career shutouts. 

There has not been a public outcry to remove Solo from the team as there was for NFL running back Ray Rice, who has been cut from his team and suspended indefinitely from the league for hitting now-wife Janay Palmer.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been under fire for initially reacting too leniently to Rice's and other players' scandals, and several of the NFL's corporate sponsors have spoken out against the league. 

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