(PHOTOS) Soccer Star Hope Solo Reveals Details Of Damaged Past And Criminal Father In New Book

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Soccer player Hope Solo definitely has quite a story to tell. She has revealed the pieces of a damaged past in her new autobiography. Check out the sad details of her story here…

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Hope Solo has revealed how she was conceived during one of her mother’s conjugal visits to her jailed  father. In a new autobiography, the U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper candidly discusses her childhood, and her criminal  father, Jeffrey John Solo, who was serving a prison sentence for embezzlement at  Walla Walla State Penitentiary at the  time.

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In the upcoming book, Solo: A Memoir of Hope,  to be released on August 14, the 30-year-old Olympic athlete writes:

‘He was  unreliable at best and a criminal at worst.’

She continues:

 ‘It’s a complicated thing, knowing how much pain my father caused in my life and the lives of others whom I love, yet still holding love for him in my heart.’

According to an excerpt of the autobiography,  published on NBC  Olympics, the soccer star grew up in a loving, sheltered environment, despite being conceived while her father, Jeffrey John Solo, was serving a prison sentence  for embezzlement at Walla Walla State Penitentiary. It wasn’t until Solo, who was thrust into the national spotlight  during the 2008 Beijing Olympics after she became the face of the U.S. women’s soccer team that won the gold medal, was older that she ‘started to see the cracks’ in her seemingly idyllic life.

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She writes:

‘One spring, when I was a Brownie, the Girl Scout Cookie money went missing. Sometimes my father went missing. One morning, my mother went out to get her car and it was  gone: repossessed for lack of payment.’

After her father was arrested for allegedly kidnapping the then 7-year-old and  her  younger brother, Marcus, Solo didn’t see him for over ten years. She recalls how he picked them up to go  to a  Little League baseball game in Yakima, but ended up driving over  the Cascades  to Seattle, where they stayed for several days at a hotel. She  writes that although it seemed  like a vacation, she soon knew something wasn’t right. Her mother called the authorities and police found them at a downtown  bank, where they  arrested her father.

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She says in the book, which was co-written by  Ann Killion:

‘As we drove  back to Richland, I boiled with anger. I was mad at  my mother for taking us home. Mad at my father for lying to us. Mad at myself  for doing  something wrong. I was mad at the world.’

More than ten years later she spotted her  father while walking through a  Seattle park; where they reconnected. As Hope  developed into a star  soccer player at the University of Washington, her father  attended all  of her soccer games, despite the fact he was living in a tent in  the  woods. In 2001, police  named her father a ‘person  of interest’ in the murder of Bellevue  realtor Mike Emert. It wasn’t until 2010 that his name was  cleared  however, when Seattle police turned their focus to ex-Policeman, Gary Krueger, who had been previously jailed for bank robbery and was  suspected in  the murder before he drowned in Lake Washington that year.

She writes:

 ‘No matter what he did, he was my  father. He helped create the person I am. He showered me with love; he  just didn’t know how to be a husband or a father or a responsible member of society.’

In 2007, not  long before her first World  Cup, Solo arranged to fly him to New York.  But before he could make the trip,  he died of a heart attack, according  to the Salt Lake City Desert News. She reveals how devastated she was, but is  grateful for the time she got to spend with him, writing:

 ‘If I hadn’t made  peace with him later in my life, I’d still be bitter and angry,’ she  says.

The candid soccer star has made a career out  of her honesty and openness with the press, securing her spot as  one of the  most famous athletes at this summer’s London Olympics – and  ensuring her  autobiography will hold no punches. At the 2007 World Cup, her coach kicked  her  off the soccer team after he learned she complained to the press  about how he  benched her during the game. It  wasn’t until the coach, Greg Ryan, was fired that Solo was invited back to the  team for the 2008 season.

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She also made headlines this month after  admitting to ESPN The Magazine that she ‘snuck’ a celebrity back to her room,  and ‘snuck him back out without anybody knowing,’ after celebrating the 2008  gold medal, and that her team showed up drunk to their ‘Today’ show interview  the next morning. Last year, she appeared on Dancing with the  Stars where controversy caught up with her again after her dancing partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, pushed her in frustration during a videotaped rehearsal. Solo, who turns 31 on July 30, dismissed the  incident until viewers demanded she speak  up.

She told Newsweek:

 ‘The public was like, “how  can you not stand up for women, for abused women?”  And I was like, “whoa  whoa. I will always stand up for them.”‘

Source: DailyMail

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One comment

  1. My friend met her while he was at work at Best Buy. He got her number but said she was really weird in person, and made all these deranged sorts of comments.

    Needless to say he didn’t get any, but its obvious that she’s an attention whore who’s trying to please the daddy that was never there. If she wasn’t playing soccer she’d likely be turning tricks on the street.

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