Before you read what you're about to read, keep in mind that former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens and American soccer star Hope Solo were planning to get married on Tuesday, and according to one report, they still intend to do so.
UPDATE: They did so. According to Dave Mahler of Seattle radio station 950 KJR, Stevens and Solo tied the knot on Tuesday evening.
Now ... about their wedding day. Reports first came out on Tuesday afternoon from Chris Daniels of Seattle TV station KING-5, indicating that Stevens, who played in the NFL from 2002 through 2010, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree domestic violence assault.
"Jerramy Stevens in orange jumpsuit accused of domestic violence, involving Hope Solo," Daniels tweeted. "Court Documents describe Hope Solo as Jerramy Stevens FIANCÉ ... Solo/Stevens Incident happened at 3:45am on Monday, at home in Kirkland according to court documents ... Court Documents describe altercation, Solo had small amount of blood on elbow."
"Stevens will be released," Daniels continued. "Solo said nothing as she left courtroom, jumped into waiting vehicle ... Attorneys for Stevens & Solo would not address whether the 2 were/are set to get married ... Police report says Stevens and Solo were set to get married on Tuesday and argument was about whether they'd live in FL or WA ... Police report says Marcus Solo (Hope's brother) said there was altercation in house with unknown person, and involved a stun gun."
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Marcus Solo was the one who called Kirkland police, and when police came to the scene, he had blood on his forehead and knees, and a bruised eye. Hope solo then emerged from the house, intoxicated and with a laceration on her elbow. She did not cooperate with police and told her brother not to say anything. When police swept the house, they found eight intoxicated people, a woman in the kitchen with a hip injury, and Stevens on the floor of an upstairs bedroom, claiming that he was sleeping, not hiding.
Stevens had blood on his cheek and his shirt. He admitted that he had been arguing with Solo, and since police have to make an arrest when there is a domestic violence call, Stevens was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault.
After Stevens' release, Daniels reported that -- if possible -- the situation was about to get even stranger.
"Solo did not speak to media," Daniels tweeted. "There are multiple indications she will be marrying Jerramy Stevens tonight ... Court documents, and Bridemaids Dresses."
We're not sure how YOUR wedding day went, but it probably (hopefully) didn't look anything like this.
It may be a while before all the facts are unearthed, but Stevens has passed through the last decade-and-a-half in a haze of criminal confrontations and eventual escape routes based on his athletic ability. He was charged with felony assault in high school, violated the terms of his home confinement with a marijuana charge, and was eventually able to plead that charge out to misdemeanor assault and time served.
You see, the University of Washington had a rising star on its hands.
In 2000, Stevens was not charged in an alleged rape that still burns a lot of people familiar with the incident. Then-King County prosecutor Norm Maleng, who had a history of letting football players off with slaps on the wrist in potential criminal situations, said that there was "insufficient evidence" to charge Stevens.
Maryann Parker, a 14-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department at that time, was the investigating officer.
"I thought he should have been charged," Parker told the Seattle Times. "I think most people in the Police Department thought he should have been charged. From the police perspective, I think there was overwhelming evidence that a crime had occurred. And then I think we should have left it to a jury to decide. I think we just felt, in our unit and in the Police Department as a whole, that this case was handled differently. And we felt it was because he was a University of Washington football star."
Stevens wasn't done with his college antics -- in May of 2001, he slammed his pickup truck into the side of a retirement home, drove away, and tried to lie about the incident when he was caught.
This preferential treatment didn't stop when Stevens became an NFL player. If anything, it became more prevalent. Selected in the first round by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2002 NFL draft, Stevens faced a litany of DUI and drug charges throughout his career with the Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Perhaps more disturbing was the general sense among those familiar with Stevens' time in Seattle that he got away with things -- traffic stops, lack of effort and preparation in his profession, property damage -- that others would have had to answer for.
Stevens was out of the NFL after the 2010 season, but trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes. In that sense, Tuesday's bit of insanity came as no surprise.
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