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Report: Thurman’s accuser has been arrested in the past for making a false report

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Whenever someone in the public eye is accused of wrongdoing, it’s always possible that the accusation is something other than true.  When it comes to the accusation made against Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, that possibility is enhanced by the reality (as reported by the New York Daily News) that his accuser previously was arrested for making a false report.

Via Seth Walder and Corrine Lestch of the Daily News, 28-year-old Jessie Steinberg declined comment on the accuracy of an online background report showing that she was once arrested for making a fictitious claim.  The case had no date attached to it.

In the current case, Steinberg contends that Thurman slapped her hand and grazed her face after she gave him the one-fingered peace sign.

“I’m not hurt, but it was scary to have a man I didn’t know stand over me like that,” Steinberg said. “Just because he’s Dennis Thurman, he can’t go around and act like that towards women.”

A photo obtained by TMZ appears to show the woman firing off the middle finger to Thurman while his hand moves toward it.

Thurman wasn’t arrested, and it’s difficult to imagine anything coming from the situation.  While he remains subject to scrutiny under the Personal Conduct Policy, what’s the discipline for a slap that causes no injury to a hand making an obscene gesture?

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21 Responses to “Report: Thurman’s accuser has been arrested in the past for making a false report”
  1. bbbmf says: May 18, 2014 5:01 PM

    Money grab.

  2. whatjusthapped says: May 18, 2014 5:14 PM

    According to eye witnesses, Thurman was trying to pick up much younger women that clearly had no interest in him, then things spiraled into an argument.

    Not sure who did what and if anybody got hit but let Dennis Thurman go home to his wife and daughters to explain how he was in that position in the first place.

  3. posmoo says: May 18, 2014 5:18 PM

    doesn’t matter if she wasn’t injured – doesn’t matter if he slapped her face, her thigh, her ass, or her hand. it’s called battery. you simply can’t go around slapping people. these are ordinary and reasonable rules of living in civilized society.

    and it literally doesn’t matter what she did. the *fighting words* doctrine is a limitation on freedom of speech, not a defense for the crime of battery.

  4. thingamajig says: May 18, 2014 5:19 PM

    Watch out! There’s cameras everywhere nowadays.

  5. ken0west says: May 18, 2014 5:20 PM

    “Whenever someone in the public eye is accused of wrongdoing, it’s always possible that the accusation is something other than true. ”

    I think that goes for everyone, in the public eye or not.

  6. watermelon1 says: May 18, 2014 5:38 PM

    “Just because he’s Dennis Thurman doesn’t mean he can get away with this.?”

    Well… Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you can get away with whining for attention.

    She said herself she’s fine. People get bumped on the subway all the time. In the club. A crowded street. Is this really what tax dollars are going towards?

  7. ttops4 says: May 18, 2014 6:09 PM

    This is so irrelevant to the game of football leave the guy alone!!!

  8. bigjoe2269 says: May 18, 2014 7:54 PM

    @posmoo
    you clearly have zero understanding on the law

  9. sammyias says: May 18, 2014 8:05 PM

    “he can’t go around and act like that towards women.”

    Really, she really said that?

    So she believes the rules are different for women? That explains a lot.

  10. lanman11 says: May 18, 2014 8:18 PM

    Therein lies the problem. The woman truly believes that there are a different set of rules that apply for women, if and when it is convenient to pull them out. The rules change based on what she wants, and that can change on a moment’s notice. She can never be held accountable for her behavior either, because there is one last defense that is intended to shame men into letting her behavior pass without consequence, and that is…….she’s a woman. If you try to hold her accountable, well, what kind of man are you?

  11. sammyias says: May 18, 2014 8:22 PM

    lanman11

    I said it first. :)

  12. leagueobservr says: May 18, 2014 8:37 PM

    @whatjusthappened:

    Agreed. I don’t get why you are getting hammered by all the down-votes, your comment makes sense to me, after all, it does take “two to tango” as the old saying goes…

  13. golfrangeman says: May 18, 2014 8:53 PM

    I think I remember that story it’s called crying wolf

  14. posmoo says: May 18, 2014 8:59 PM

    “She said herself she’s fine. People get bumped on the subway all the time. In the club. A crowded street. Is this really what tax dollars are going towards?”

    There’s a difference between accidental contact between two people, and when one person intentionally touched another person in a way that a reasonable person would find offensive – like slapping their hand.
    The first one is what happens in the subway or the club, and the second is what Thurman appears to have done and is criminal. That is the law.

  15. neemdaddy13 says: May 18, 2014 10:10 PM

    To stick up for him without knowing what happened is irresponsible. Rex mostly, but the rest of the posters on here as well. He may have been in the wrong, he may not have, nobody commenting has a clue either way. Regardless of whether she’s done this previously. Were you there? Nope, then shut up. Sad to see the ignorance that is so commonplace on PFT.

  16. myfriendbobsacamano says: May 18, 2014 11:09 PM

    She be a Giant fan

  17. themagicfanguy says: May 18, 2014 11:17 PM

    To condemn him is ignorant as well. By all accounts he briefly touched her hand, you can go all high and mighty all you want posmoo but that ain’t battery if it’s a man he did it to.

  18. tinytoolalldrool says: May 19, 2014 6:43 AM

    Like I said before there are a lot of crazy women out there and I said that before I knew about her past.

  19. revischrist16 says: May 19, 2014 10:11 AM

    neemdaddy13 says:
    May 18, 2014 10:10 PM
    To stick up for him without knowing what happened is irresponsible. Rex mostly, but the rest of the posters on here as well. He may have been in the wrong, he may not have, nobody commenting has a clue either way. Regardless of whether she’s done this previously. Were you there? Nope, then shut up. Sad to see the ignorance that is so commonplace on PFT.

    @Maybe people are sticking up for him because 13 witnesses, including the bartender, deny the woman’s claim. Maybe because the restaurant owner claimed he doesn’t believe the woman. Maybe because she’s lied before. Maybe because she’s the type of girl to quickly flip the bird. Maybe because her comments paint her as the type of girl to try to get attention.

  20. gravylegsjones says: May 19, 2014 3:33 PM

    “Just because he’s Dennis Thurman, he can’t go around and act like that towards women.”

    She definitely thinks he’s a much bigger deal (and much wealthier) than he really is.

  21. simonator917 says: May 19, 2014 4:37 PM

    He should sue her.

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