World Cup champion Abby Wambach learned a hard lesson and she acknowledge it after saying that she was sorry for failing people close to her after she was arrested for DUI last Saturday night in Portland.
TMZ reported that the 35-year old retired member of the United States women’s soccer team was pulled over by authorities after she allegedly ran a red light. Officers from the Portland Police Bureau stated that they administered a field sobriety check and breathalyzer test on Wambach to which she all failed, although police would not state her alcohol blood level.
Realizing the gravity of her offense and the impact it made to the people close to her, Wambach then posted on her Facebook page of how sorry she was from committing the offense. She asked for understanding and vowed to never duplicate the same mistake ever again.
“Last night I was arrested for DUI in Portland after dinner at a friend’s house. Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down. I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated. I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example,” Wambach said.
She also posted on her Instagram account and thanked a friend for helping her cope with the whole incident. If some people are giving support to Wambach, others made fun of her ordeal, especially from members of the US men’s soccer team, who are competing at the World Cup qualifying.
The Washington Post reports that some members of the US national men’s soccer team is getting back at Wambach for her remarks about coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s use of players with dual citizenship on the team. With her ordeal, players are making jokes about her on Twitter, especially Alejandro Bedoya.
Wambach competed in four FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments: 2003 in the United States, 2007 in China, 2011 in Germany and 2015 in Canada. She played in two Olympics tournaments: 2004 in Athens and 2012 in London. In all, she played in 30 matches and scored 22 goals at these five global tournaments. Along with her U.S. teammates, Wambach won two Olympic gold medals, finished third twice at the Women’s World Cup, finished second at the 2011 World Cup, and won the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
In her international career, Wambach scored 184 goals in 255 international matches. She is currently the leading all-time international scorer for men and women.
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