NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, April 24, 2015, 4:27 PM
Former Seattle Seahawks star Jerramy Stevens said Friday he’s ready for the penalty box after pleading no contest to drunkenly driving a U.S. soccer van carrying his goalie wife Hope Solo.
“I fully and willingly accept the consequences of my failure to act responsibly, and I am ready to face what’s ahead,” he said in a statement issued by lawyer Craig Renetzky.
“I look forward to putting it all behind me and moving forward with my life in a positive and productive manner,” he said.
The former NFL player, 35, was convicted Thursday of driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense, Los Angeles County prosecutors said.
His prior DUI was a 2007 conviction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
As part of his plea, Stevens admitted he refused a chemical test at the time of his January arrest and had a blood alcohol concentration that was 0.15 percent or more, prosecutors said.
He faces up to a year in Los Angeles County jail at his sentencing May 15.
It was Jan. 19 that Stevens was stopped for piloting the U.S. soccer van with its lights off in Manhattan Beach.
The former tight end, who competed on the pro gridiron for nine seasons, had Solo in the vehicle at the time, but she was not detained, Manhattan Beach Police said.
Solo, 33, reportedly lost her cool during the traffic stop, pulled out her cell phone to record the arrest and nearly got popped for disorderly conduct, according to TMZ.com.
“I accept and respect the Federation’s decision, and more importantly, I apologize for disappointing my teammates, coaches and the Federation who have always supported me,” she said at the time.
The Olympic gold medalist and former contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” was reinstated in late February.
Stevens, meanwhile, has a history with booze-related busts.
He was picked up on suspicion of drunk driving back in 2003 when he allegedly rolled through a stop sign with open bottles of champagne in his vehicle.
He pleaded guilty to a lesser count of reckless driving and was sentenced to two days in jail, community service and two years probation.
He later had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit in his 2007 Arizona case.
A player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail after a jury found him guilty.
In November 2012, Stevens was arrested for allegedly assaulting Solo during a house party the night before their wedding.
They married after his release, and the case was dropped due to lack of evidence.