Hope Solo Husband: Team USA Goalie and Troubled Ex-NFL Player Are Perfect Match

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2012

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Goalkeeper Hope Solo #1 of the USA takes a water break during the international friendly soccer match against Australia at The Home Depot Center on September 16, 2012 in Carson, California. The USA defeated Australia 2-1.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Hope Solo loves attention, and she doesn't always care how she gets it.

Whether it be drunk interviews on national television, feuds with ex-soccer legends like Brandi Chastain or spilling the beans on the debauchery in Olympic Village, she's a walking headline.

Chalk another one up in the publicity column as well. According to Sportsradio 950 AM personality Dave Mahler, Solo married troubled ex-NFL player Jerramy Stevens Tuesday night:

Confirmed: Jerramy Stevens and Hope Solo were married tonight. Events of yesterday morning didn't change plans. Sounds like more facts comin

— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) November 14, 2012

Marrying a former professional football player is OK, right? I mean, it makes sense. Two world-class athletes joining forces is a common trend and certainly something that we've seen before.

But this is different. Combining Solo's penchant for attention and Stevens' criminal record is asking for trouble, which, in an odd way, is exactly why this is a perfect match.

Earlier this week, according to Daily Mail reporter James Nye, Stevens and Solo were involved in a domestic fracas that ended with Stevens being arrested early Monday morning on charges of fourth-degree assault. His alleged victim was Solo, who had a cut on her elbow as a result.

Read the report. If you're seeing things like stun guns associated with an all-out brawl, you know this is more than your average, everyday disagreement. These are potentially dangerous, or at least unpredictable, people.

After that incident, you would think that the couple may delay their marriage plans, but no. Solo and Stevens decided to go through with it and bind themselves in holy matrimony, something that should shock no one.

For whatever reason, Solo loves having the focus on her. Being the world's best goalkeeper on the world's best team isn't enough either. She has to seek her kicks in other ways. Adding Stevens as a (quite literal) partner in crime fits like a glove.

Nye's report also shows Stevens' arrest record. The former Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end isn't a guy who has gotten himself arrested for loitering or something small. Dating back to 1998, you see terms like "second-degree assault with a deadly weapon," "sexual assault," "hit and run" and "felony battery."

The least of his charges seem to stem from his life in the fast lane, partying hard and making his life even harder as he goes along.

It's almost like Solo enjoys the challenge. She doesn't want to be average, she wants to stand out, and it doesn't necessarily matter how she makes that happen.

Providing soundbites for national news outlets is one thing, but shacking up with Stevens is another. My guess is that this isn't the last we have heard from these two. After all, they are married, and neither has managed to stay quiet for very long.