Lions could have easily found out about the 1996 Patricia indictment

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The Detroit Lions didn’t know that coach Matt Patricia had been indicted for aggravated sexual assault in 1996. So here’s the question: Should they have?

On one hand, it’s understandable to assume that Patricia wouldn’t have made it as far as he did in coaching without something like this coming out. Some have called it a skeleton in the closet; the reality is that it was an unburied bag of bones hiding in plain sight.

Deadspin.com demonstrates just how easy it would have been to find the information, if the Lions had searched for it. A simple Nexis search uncovered it. A league source with access to the service tells PFT that, indeed, the Patricia indictment “comes up right away.”

Apparently, someone else uncovered it, too. The original report from the Detroit News indicates that a private investigation firm requested the court files for Patricia’s case in January. It’s not clear whether the Lions, the NFL, or some other team requested the information.

It’s also not clear why this is coming out now. Chances are that the Detroit News wasn’t randomly conducting criminal background checks on prominent Michigan sports figures. So someone who knew about it decided to tell the Detroit News about it, and the fact that a grand jury determined that there was enough evidence to justify a trial coupled with the curious failure of anyone to notice (including the Boston and national media during Patricia’s years as New England’s defensive coordinator) made it newsworthy.

38 responses to “Lions could have easily found out about the 1996 Patricia indictment

  1. A grand jury indictment and a conviction are two different things. If the evidence is her word alone then anyone who has had a one night stand could be indicted by a grand jury. There was no trial so we will never know. Are we going to take a mans livelihood now for he said she said stuff? Because that’s all it is.

  2. Had to know. Background checks are conducted on every potential hire for NFL teams. First-hand experience. It’s more probable that since it didn’t go to trial, charges dropped, dismissed, etc that it wasn’t seen as disqualifying. That doesn’t necessarily fly though in the current climate.

  3. I suppose with so many ex-patriot players and coaches around the league that now everyone is “bending the rules”. Face it folks, you’re all infected.

  4. The funny part is this is like the 10th media report I’ve seen talking about how easy it would have been to find out but NONE of the places publishing said articles knew ahead of time. It’s all so “Can’t believe they never checked up on the guy,” said the people whose job would traditionally be checking up on guys.

  5. Billicheat knew about it and somehow was able to keep it under wraps for a dozen years. The guy leaves to coach somewhere else and all of a sudden it becomes public. Heck, there is probably something on Daniels, which is why he had to come back.

    He better hope that Patricia doesn’t toss out some more Patriots skeletons.

  6. It’s the Detroit Lions and the Ford family of coarse they didn’t look into everything they should have.

  7. What’s to find out? He didn’t do anything.

    How do you look into something that is a non-factor? Should employers scan over every false accusation a person has ever been accused of?

  8. Lions could have easily found out about the 1996 Patricia indictment

    –So apparently this wasn’t an issue during all the years he was a New England employee?

  9. errwhatever says:

    May 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Had to know. Background checks are conducted on every potential hire for NFL teams. First-hand experience. It’s more probable that since it didn’t go to trial, charges dropped, dismissed, etc that it wasn’t seen as disqualifying. That doesn’t necessarily fly though in the current climate.

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    The Lions came out and said they didn’t know as nothing came up on a background check. So the next big question would be what type of company are they doing their background check through if these information could be easily found.

  10. This all seems kinda far-fetched — how many rocket scientists go on spring break?

  11. It’s easy to get an indictment. The saying is you can indict a ham sandwich. All it means was a crime was possibly committed.

    The woman who identified Patricia and Dietrich to police as the perpetrators did not respond to multiple attempts to contact her over several weeks.

    Since she refused to testify the case was dismissed. The only people who really know what happened were those three. Of course the two men’s lawyers will say nothing happened. The presumption of innocence means in the eyes of the law he’s innocent but that’s not the same as being found not guilty.

    We’ll probably never know what really happened. Regardless, it will forever be a black cloud hanging over him now–right or wrong.

  12. I for one am shocked that the Detroit Lions, usually the pinnacle of professionalism and followthrough, cut corners in their coaching search.

  13. Patricia has coached in 3 Super Bowls as DC yet this never came up during media week in any of those Super Bowls. It seems it was easy to find out so why did NO ONE come out with it before now? The victim has seen all of the success he has had and never once came out with this to a member of the media? Strange.

  14. This is why teams like the Lions are the Lions. You can’t make this stuff up. And for everyone saying it’s not a big deal because he didn’t go to trial, you try to get a high paying job and leave off the job interview that you got indicted for something as serious as sexual assault once upon a time. The issue isn’t that he didn’t go to trial for it but rather that he conveniently pretended that it never happened in this moment in time of all times. Again, you can’t make this stuff up. Lions, no playoff wins in 60 years for a reason.

  15. Maybe the Lions didn’t care what the guy was doing when he was 21 years old and they were more concerned with what he has been doing since he has been in the NFL.

  16. “On one hand, it’s understandable to assume that Patricia wouldn’t have made it as far as he did in coaching without something like this coming out.”

    It’s the patriots where everything gets covered up.

  17. the only thing I’m gathering here is Matt Patricia has never been convicted of sex assault or any other crime. This culture of trying to destroy men is sickening. Shame on you, America.

  18. realfootballfan says:
    May 10, 2018 at 12:28 pm
    This is why teams like the Lions are the Lions. You can’t make this stuff up. And for everyone saying it’s not a big deal because he didn’t go to trial, you try to get a high paying job and leave off the job interview that you got indicted for something as serious as sexual assault once upon a time. The issue isn’t that he didn’t go to trial for it but rather that he conveniently pretended that it never happened in this moment in time of all times. Again, you can’t make this stuff up. Lions, no playoff wins in 60 years for a reason.

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    dude, employers have a right to ask if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime, not if you’ve ever been charged or tried for a crime. he is under no obligation to disclose what happened in NINETEEN NINETY SIX

  19. We really need to stop convicting people in the press from things that have already been resolved in the courts over 20 years ago. Full Stop.

  20. ktoast says:
    May 10, 2018 at 12:50 pm
    the only thing I’m gathering here is Matt Patricia has never been convicted of sex assault or any other crime. This culture of trying to destroy men is sickening. Shame on you, America.

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    “Culture of destroying men” = “it’s the world’s fault that I’m doomed to die alone, it can’t possibly be that I’m an angry little troll creature who is inherently unlovable”

  21. “It’s also not clear why this is coming out now.”

    Point your investigation in that direction. A private investigative firm? That sounds like a hit job to me.

  22. If this had come out during the week leading up to one of the Pats Super Bowls, it would have been so sensationalized over the top it would have made news in North Korea. Even Ichoro Suzuki would have heard about it

  23. whenwilliteverend says:
    May 10, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    It’s easy to get an indictment. The saying is you can indict a ham sandwich.

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    So you’re saying the Detroit Lions are now being coached by a ham sandwich?

    Still an improvement over every coach since Mariucci 😉

  24. I’m not sure whether Patricia is guilty of anything and neither is anyone else here. I don’t know why some of you are convinced that these allegations are false.

    It’s very possible that he could’ve got drunk and sexually assaulted this woman, was horrified by his actions and has been on the straight and narrow for the last twenty plus years. It’s a shame that this is playing out publicly, but this is the fault of the Lions front office who should’ve been in front of this.

  25. errwhatever says:
    May 10, 2018 at 11:10 am
    Had to know. Background checks are conducted on every potential hire for NFL teams. First-hand experience. It’s more probable that since it didn’t go to trial, charges dropped, dismissed, etc that it wasn’t seen as disqualifying. That doesn’t necessarily fly though in the current climate.

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    Disagree. There were no charges.

    I had a weed possession in college at age 18, did 6 months probation, and it dropped off my record per the judge.

    No employer I have ever had knows about this.

    Some of you are really, really naive and kinda dumb as MIllennials.

  26. kinggw says:
    May 10, 2018 at 2:08 pm
    I’m not sure whether Patricia is guilty of anything and neither is anyone else here. I don’t know why some of you are convinced that these allegations are false.

    It’s very possible that he could’ve got drunk and sexually assaulted this woman, was horrified by his actions and has been on the straight and narrow for the last twenty plus years. It’s a shame that this is playing out publicly, but this is the fault of the Lions front office who should’ve been in front of this.

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    Um, “in front” of what exactly?

    “We’re hiring Patricia, but just so you know a prosecutor realized Matt was falsely accused of rape in 1996″ and dropped the charges.”

    Some of you need clinical assistance for your reasoning on some of these topics.

  27. lionsfan123 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 11:52 am
    What’s to find out? He didn’t do anything.

    How do you look into something that is a non-factor? Should employers scan over every false accusation a person has ever been accused of?

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    Apparently so!

    Welcome to the Pats Fans Club since 2007 when Goodell decided to be used to cheat our team the last decade. FUn, huh?

    It’s all fine and dandy when it’s not happening to your team, but when Goodell wants to do something, he will. Oh yes he will.

    The good news is, your franchise has blown for decades, so there won’t be need to make anything up here to try to steal draft picks.

    Just curious, but is anyone “looking into” Peyton Manning’s witnessed assault and ruined career of that trainer at Tenn? How come Goodell didn’t do that when Manning was still playing? Oh, that’s right, he and the media were busy covering up the fact Manning was pumping undetectable HGH from Guyer. My mistake.

    Now you just need a SB ring and maybe 1 or 2 more to get other franchises REALLY jealous so random losers with agendas knowing they have no accountability, can just make up whatever they want and print it.

  28. daysend564 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 11:39 am
    Billicheat knew about it and somehow was able to keep it under wraps for a dozen years. The guy leaves to coach somewhere else and all of a sudden it becomes public. Heck, there is probably something on Daniels, which is why he had to come back.

    He better hope that Patricia doesn’t toss out some more Patriots skeletons.

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    You’re the EXACT reason as a human as to why Snell wrote his article.

    All about money.

    Anything remotely tied to the PAts, even if completely conjured up, with a negative light to it, gets clicks.

    All about money and that industry is a struggling industry, desperate for money.

  29. Wondering if the Lions parting ways with their longtime Dir. of Media Relations earlier this week had anything to do with their (mis)handling of the Patricia story?

  30. aj66shanghai says:
    May 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm
    ktoast says:
    May 10, 2018 at 12:50 pm
    the only thing I’m gathering here is Matt Patricia has never been convicted of sex assault or any other crime. This culture of trying to destroy men is sickening. Shame on you, America.

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    “Culture of destroying men” = “it’s the world’s fault that I’m doomed to die alone, it can’t possibly be that I’m an angry little troll creature who is inherently unlovable”

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    Patricia didn’t do this to himself. I suppose if we swap the words “men” with “women” you’d be in favor of the statement?

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