Abby Wambach got arrested for DUI in Portland early this morning after reportedly running a red light.
She was charged with misdemeanor DUI, which in Oregon carries penalties of a minimum $1,000 fine for a first conviction, or $2,000 if the driver's blood alcohol level is over 0.15. Upon conviction she could also be required to serve at least 48 hours imprisonment or community service.
First of all, it should go without saying that drinking and driving is a dumb, dumb, dumb thing to do. It's dangerous and inexcusable, especially in a city like Portland that has cabs and uber.
Coming in a distant second, this is not something women's soccer needs at the moment, moving the public conversation away from the USWNT's wage discrimination lawsuit against USSF. Plus all the advocacy Wambach has been doing in recent months for expanding women's roles and rights within sports will have to take a backseat to damage control now, so have fun with that Wambach PR team.
UPDATE: Wambach has released a statement via her facebook page:
"Last night I was arrested for DUII 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."