In Hope Solo‘s new memoir, she reveals something disturbing about her competition on Dancing With the Stars: her dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, slapped her across the face at one point because he was so angry. What’s even more disturbing is the fact that Solo didn’t do anything about it, which just sets a bad example to other women–and men.
In her book, Solo: A Memoir of Hope, the U.S. Olympian soccer goalie explains what happened backstage during one particularly tough practice session. She writes that Maks got so angry with her that “he slapped me across the face. Hard.”
She went on to say that “he was extremely apologetic,” and that her ears rang afterward, according to the Clicker on MSN.
Solo also claims that the cameras were rolling during the assault, but that footage disappeared. How convenient. Although, ABC later offered to take Maks off the show and provide Solo with a new partner, but she declined.
You would think a man slapping a woman across the face would be enough to end their relationship–or dance partnership–but apparently not. Sources say that the two went on to appear quite friendly, even dining together frequently. Solo also invited Maks to London to watch her play in the Olympics.
Just like with Rhianna who is trying to now defend Chris Brown after he assaulted her, Solo is setting a bad example for women. Not that the assault is her fault by any means, but by continuing to befriend a guy who slapped her across the face (hard, no less), she is essentially telling other females that this type of behavior can be tolerated, which in no case, should it ever. She is also sending the same message to men by letting them know they can get away with such actions and no one will do anything about it.
Although, if you believe everything you read, this may not even be true. Maks tweeted yesterday:
Always hated hypocrites and liars … but when someone is both AND an opportunist, I just feel bad for them. Can’t win at someone’s expense …
Since then, he has stopped following Hope on Twitter.
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