They say opposites attract. That concept may not apply to former Seahawks and Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens and his wife, U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo.
Stevens, a first-round pick in 2002, has a long and distinguished rap sheet, dating back to his days at the University of Washington. In November 2012, he was arrested for assaulting Solo. The next day, they were married. (If Stevens had still been playing at the time, there may or may not have been a press conference in which she apologized for being assaulted.)
On Friday night, Solo was arrested on two counts of investigation of domestic assault. She allegedly assaulted her sister and nephew, with police finding visible injuries on both victims.
“There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation,” Kirkland, Washington police officer Mike Murray said.
When it comes to things being out of control, it’s no surprise that Stevens’ name is attached to the incident. Given his history, the only real surprise is that he wasn’t implicated in some way. (Check Google, Wikipedia, or the PFT archives if you don’t believe us, or if you’ve forgotten.)
Stevens is nevertheless perhaps better known for his inability to catch the ball in key moments, specifically in the Super Bowl to cap the 2005 season. That’s the same year Solo become the goalkeeper of the U.S. women’s soccer team. It’s unclear whether this incident will impact her status.
For now, the U.S. women’s team has no comment, Solo’s lawyer claims she’s not guilty, and the beat will go on. Figuratively and from time to time perhaps literally.