Hope Solo, the 31-year-old goalkeeper of the United States women's national team, is a public figure and has learned the consequences of that throughout her terrific soccer career. That status shouldn't force her private life to play out on a public stage, however.
Most people have heard at least part of the admittedly bizarre past couple of days for Solo. It started with a domestic abuse case involving former football player Jerramy Stevens, who has a legal history, and has reached a point where the pair has married, according to ESPN.
Even though a judge allowed Stevens to go free due to a lack of probable cause, Kelly Whiteside of USA Today reports police have not closed their investigation into the incident and plan to interview witnesses, leaving the door open for refiled charges.
Since news broke about the relationship, domestic incident and marriage, there have been no shortage of opinions thrown around about Solo's decision. In the age of social media, it's become a lot easier to express those thoughts.
In reality, it's nobody's business. The only thing people should ever worry about concerning Solo is how many saves she makes while representing the country on the soccer field. Everything else should, in a perfect world, be off limits.
Solo has traveled around the globe playing soccer, surely experiencing things that most people making the comments couldn't imagine. And, at 31, it's safe to say the American goalkeeper is old enough to make her own life decisions.
Nobody aside from Solo and Stevens knows what their relationship is truly like. People just skim the details of a couple stories and decide they are suddenly eligible to serve as her life coach, or worse yet, lambaste her personal choices.
If given the opportunity to say what was on her mind, the outspoken Solo would probably have some choice words for the commenters, but has wisely decided to remain silent throughout the process.
The best thing Solo and Stevens can do is avoid the spotlight at all costs for awhile and eventually another big story will arise–perhaps Tim Tebow will finally take over at quarterback for the New York Jets–to take the attention away.
Getting married is a stressful process in itself. Doing it while under intense media scrutiny after an incident where the details are sketchy at best just adds to the tension. Throw in all the public comments and it could easily become too much to handle.
Luckily, if there's one thing Solo has always shown, it's toughness. She survived the backlash after her notorious remarks about the decision to bench her at the 2007 World Cup and will do the same here. The difference being she deserved the attention the first time, not now.
It's easy to play armchair quarterback, but there should be a line where celebrity stops and everyday American kicks in. No one else would want the media swarming and people slinging hateful comments when they are getting married, regardless of the surrounding circumstances.
Solo shouldn't have to deal with it, either.
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