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Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia maintains innocence over alleged sexual assault

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia maintains innocence over alleged sexual assault

Additionally, because the Lions were following both MA and MI law, they were not allowed to ask Patricia about any felony or misdemeanor arrests that didn't lead to convictions.

According to a 1996 article by the Brownsville (Texas) Herald, the alleged victim was a 21-year-old IN college student on spring break who had befriended the football players on the beach.

New Lions coach Matt Patricia faced a serious charge of aggravated sexual assault in 1996, court documents show. "I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done".

"We will review the matter with the club to understand the allegations and what the club has learned", league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in a statement.

"I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only objective being to damage my character and reputation".

Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford, general manager Bob Quinn and president Rod Wood were at Thursday's news conference but did not speak. "I was falsely accused of something I didn't do".

Patricia took a few questions but did not provide details about the day in question.

The Detroit News, citing a March 1996 story in the Brownsville (Texas) Herald, said Patricia and a friend were accused of entering the hotel room where the woman was sleeping and sexually assaulting her. The case never went to trial and was dismissed by prosecutors after the woman declined to testify.

Patricia said his mission is to move forward, "100 percent the head coach of the Detroit Lions", and said he was never asked about the incident during the interview process.

"As far as the interview process (with the Lions) is concerned, there was nothing that I did not answer truthfully", Patricia said.

Patricia's former boss Bill Belichick also supported the man who worked under him as an assistant coach for 13 years, saying that while the New England Patriots were not aware of the charges, Patricia conducted himself with "great integrity" during his time in New England.

"Matt's always been a good friend of mine", McDaniels said.

It is. Is it surprising that Patricia, 43, could work 14 years with the Patriots and get hired by the Lions without the incident ever coming up? "We have always been confident in Matt's character and recommended him highly to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions". "There were claims made about me that never happened".

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