I was conceived in jail: Hope Solo on how her mother become pregnant after conjugal visit to her father
19:24 GMT, 25 July 2012
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.
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.'
Hope Solo: The U.S. soccer star reveals how she was conceived during one of her mothers conjugal visits to her jailed father in a new book
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.'
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.
Daddy's girl: According to an excerpt of the autobiography, the 30-year-old grew up in a loving environment, despite being conceived while her father, Jeffrey John Solo, was serving a prison sentence for embezzlement
High hopes: It wasn't until Solo, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was older that she 'started to see the cracks' in her seemingly idyllic life
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.'
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.
Soccer star: Solo has made a career out of her honesty and openness with the press, ensuring her autobiography will hold no punches
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.
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.'
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
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
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.
Candid tales: Solo: A Memoir of Hope, will be released on August 14
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.
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.”'
Solo: A Memoir of Hope goes on sale August 14, published by HarperCollins.