A former player of the Seattle Sounders soccer club suffered a stab wound last month in a bizarre incident involving reigning Miss Washington USA Stormy Keffeler, it was revealed Wednesday.
According to a report by the station KING5, sometime in mid-December, police were called to an apartment in the South Lake Union section of the city, where they discovered Marco Pappa, 28, bleeding from a stab wound to his abdomen.
According to a law enforcement source, Keffeler, 23, was also at the apartment at the time.
Mystery altercation: MLS midfielder Marco Pappa, 28 (left), and Miss Washington Stormy Keffeler, 23 (right), were reportedly involved last month in an incident in which the soccer player ended up being stabbed in the abodemen
The Guatemalan national had to undergo surgery for his injury; around the same time, he was traded by the Seattle Sounders to Colorado
The Guatemala-born midfielder was taken to an area hospital, where he underwent surgery.
When interviewed by police, Keffeler and Pappa reportedly offered several different explanations about what happened.
As of Thursday morning, no arrests have been made in the case as police continued to investigate the circumstances of the altercation.
The report about the mystery stabbing comes just days after it has emerged that Ms Keffeler could be stripped of her title for allegedly concealing a DUI arrest.
The striking brunette, who is a former professional football player in the Seattle Mist women’s team, was crowned Miss Washington USA in October, six months after she was pulled over in Seattle on suspicion of driving under the influence.
According to court documents, her blood alcohol level at the time was .22 – nearly three times the legal limit in Washington state.
Separate scandal: Keffeler, pictured here on the day she won her title in October, is now at risk of losing her crown in connection to an unrelated incident
The 23-year-old beauty queen was arrested on a DUI charge in April 2015, six months before the pageant, but she failed to disclose her record when entering the beauty contest
Tipped off: Officials with miss Washington USA say they only found out about Keffeler’s run-in with the law last week after getting an anonymous report
In September, a month before the Miss Washington pageant, Keffeler pleaded guilty to the DUI charge. She served two days in jail in December as part of her plea deal.
According to the rules of the beauty pageant, contestants promise they have not or will not engage in illegal activity, ‘any felony conviction, probation or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.’
Maureen Francisco, co-director of Miss Washington USA Pageant, said she found out about Keffeler’s run-in with the law only in the last few days after getting an anonymous tip via email.
‘There was nothing disclosed on her paperwork,’ the pageant official told KIRO-TV.
Francisco described Keffeler as ‘very remorseful’ about the DUI incident.
Athlete: Keffeler had played center for the Seattle Mist, which is an all-female football team
Keffeler’s old team is part of the Legends Football League, formerly known as the Lingerie Football League
The 23-year-old has not been arrested or charged with any crime in connection to the stabbing incident
‘I am so sorry to anybody that I’ve disappointed and I can assure you that anything that’s said (about me) I’ve thought so much worse of myself,’ Keffeler told KOMO News this week. ‘All of this is just a huge mistake and misunderstanding and I never intended to falsify information.’
She vowed to never drink and drive again, and insisted that she has learned her lesson and changed her behavior in the wake of the April arrest.
It is now up to officials with the Miss Universe Organization to decide whether Keffeler would keep her crown.
Coincidentally, Marco Pappa was also involved in a DUI last year. Following his arrest in July, the MLS player entered the league’s substance abuse program, according to Sports Illustrated.
The 28-year-old footballer has played seven seasons in MLS, racking up 35 goals and 27 assists during his five-year tenure in Chicago and two-year stint in Seattle. On December 15, he was traded by the Sounders to the Colorado Rapids.
Legal troubles: Marco Pappa, pictured in jersey No 16 during a match in July, was also involved in a DUI last year