I first wrote about this couple on February 6, 2015 – A Match Made in Heaven. This is the judicial follow-up conclusion to the arrest and case.
Ex-NFL Player Jerramy Stevens Sentenced To Jail For Drunk Driving [Again]
LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2015 (Reuters) – Former National Football League player Jerramy Stevens, the husband of U.S. women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Friday on another drunken driving charge stemming from a January arrest in a Los Angeles suburb. Stevens, who pleaded no contest last month to one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content, was also ordered to attend a two-year outpatient alcohol program and placed on four years’ probation, Los Angeles prosecutors said. The 35-year-old Stevens, who played for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during nine seasons in the NFL, was arrested in the Los Angeles suburb of Manhattan Beach on Jan. 19 after a police officer spotted him driving a van without headlights. Stevens, who refused a chemical blood or breath test, was found to be under the influence of alcohol after police obtained a search warrant to take a blood sample from him, prosecutors say. Solo, who played on U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning teams in 2008 and 2012, was also in the vehicle, a U.S. soccer team van. She was suspended for 30 days by U.S. Soccer following the incident, which came during a soccer training camp. In February, Solo said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she had made a “horrible choice” by being in the van.
So now we wait. Will this be the last bad news story for these two athletes in love or just the latest in a book of whoops, wrapped around the denial of addiction and camouflaged by love? I kind of chuckled when she professed that she had made a “horrible choice” by being in the van. I contend that she made that “bed” long before her latest episode of “General Hospital” and “All My Children.”
For the next two years he will not be allowed to drink or use drugs at all. He will be court mandated to go to two AA meetings a week and have to submit to random U.A’s. If he fails to comply he is looking at prison time. The heat is getting turned up in his proverbial life kitchen. There will certainly be a lot of eyes on him going forward. Just think Robert Downey Jr. to get a small sample size.
Just imagine that your spouse gets diagnosed with diabetes. Do you think you would have a cheesecake on the dining room table or a tub of Ben & Jerry’s in the fridge? I sure pray that this new twist in “As the World Turns” doesn’t cramp Hope’s style. The best we as observers can dream of for this young couple is that they both take this opportunity to get their lives right.
As crappy as I’m sure this situation and negative publicity has been for them I hope they have both been able to find within it the “gift of desperation.” Time will tell whether this is the start of a new sober life or just another bump on a long and winding road to nowhere.
If you can relate to any part of this story… you are not alone. Give me a call!