Lions, Patricia issue statements in wake of report regarding 1996 indictment

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On Wednesday night, a story emerged regarding an indictment of Lions coach Matt Patricia for sexual assault in 1996. The Lions and Patricia have issued statements regarding the situation.

The Lions issued a joint statement from owner Martha Firestone Ford, G.M. Bob Quinn, and team president Rod Wood.

“Responding to a published report this evening from the Detroit News, the Detroit Lions are aware that a criminal charge involving sexual assault was brought against Matt Patricia in 1996,” the statement explains. “Matt was 21 at the time and on spring break in Texas. The charge was dismissed by the prosecutor at the request of the complaining individual prior to trial. As a result, Coach Patricia never had the opportunity to present his case or clear his name publicly in a court of law. He has denied that there was any factual basis for the charge. There was no settlement agreement with the complaining individual, no money exchanged hands and there was no confidentiality agreement. In discussions today with Lions management, the reporter involved acknowledged that the allegations have not been substantiated.

“As an organization, the Detroit Lions take allegations regarding sexual assault or harassment seriously. Coach Patricia was the subject of a standard pre-employment background check which did not disclose this issue. We have spoken to Coach Patricia about this at length as well as the attorney who represented him at the time. Based upon everything we have learned, we believe and have accepted Coach Patricia’s explanation and we will continue to support him. We will continue to work with our players and the NFL to further awareness of and protections for those individuals who are the victims of sexual assault or violence.”

In his own statement, Patricia strongly asserts his innocence.

“As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation,” Patricia said. “I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done.

“I would never condone any of the behavior that was alleged and will always respect and protect the rights of anyone who has been harassed or is the victim of violence. My priorities remain the same — to move forward and strive to be the best coach, teacher, and man that I can possibly be.”

Given that he was never tried, Patricia never lost the legal presumption of innocence. Given the current climate, both within the NFL and society at large, the fact that the allegation triggered an indictment require the Lions and Patricia to address the situation in a clear, firm, and confident way.

90 responses to “Lions, Patricia issue statements in wake of report regarding 1996 indictment

  1. “Given that he was never tried, Patricia never lost the legal presumption of innocence. Given the current climate, both within the NFL and society at large, the fact that the allegation triggered an indictment require the Lions and Patricia to address the situation in a clear, firm, and confident way.”

    Uhhhh…
    Didn’t they just do that?

  2. I seriously doubt Kraft or BB would have kept him aboard if there was the least little doubt he did anything. Cases are usually put forth to a grand jury because the FA is not sure he has enough evidence thus he lets a grand jury decide.

  3. This is the 21st century. The assumption of “innocent until proven guilty” is no longer applicable and is a product of a long bygone time. Now, if one is accused, it is accepted that one is guilty. These aren’t my rules, but they are the new rules of society.

  4. First, guilty or innocent, as a known public figure representing the Lions, Patricia should have disclosed this issue. Second, defendants aren’t indicted out of thin air. Third, who the hell did the background check for the Lions? If a reporter can find the info, how hard can it be? This will blow over, but it will be interesting to see how Patricia reacts in the future if a player is charged with sexual assault, but similarly had yet to have a chance to defend themselves at trial.

  5. Sounds like another drunk college girl that woke up with instant regret on who she chose to sleep with the night before.

    She quickly made it right it seems.

    Shame on the paper for bringing a story up like this from 22 years ago when the prosecuting attorney dropped the charges, per the accuser, before Matt Patricia even had a chance to clear his name or fight the short-lived charge.

    Sad world we live in today. And people wonder why so many scream “Fake News” today.

    I enjoyed the Press a lot more in the past century.

  6. So he just left this indictment out of all of his employment packages up until this point, didn’t disclose it to anyone in good faith, even though nothing came of it, which means he can’t really be trusted, but that’s okay because FOOPBAW!

  7. So I wonder if he shared the details of that 1996 episode with the Lions. It seems that the media will be searching to get the “victims” side of the story because…oh why not? Maybe now she like other Me too ladies, have the courage to speak out. Could get messy.

  8. We’re living in an era where allegations are the proof. Expect the idiocracy to ramp up and hold demonstrations at Lions games anyway.

  9. According to some people, alleged victims never lie. Therefore a mere accusation is enough to convict. The league office is one of those as they suspended Ezekiel Elliott after hearing the alleged victim testify without allowing cross examination.

  10. The media witch hunt for any story potentially racist or involving sexual assault is getting out of control. Why do I care about story that was not prosecuted 22 years ago? Shame on me for reading this!

  11. Surprised this is not public record, in RI for example there is a easily searchable data base available to anyone.. RI Judiciary.

    While some will blame Patricia for not coming forth with this, need an applicant report an unfounded allegation???

  12. It happened 22 years ago, and it’s been resolved. Let it go, people. Nothing to see here.

  13. Its a sad century we live in when all you need is an accusation to be proven guilty or a reporter who has nothing better to do in his life to bring up something from 22 years ago that was dropped and he wasn’t convicted for.

    What happen to “Innocent until proven guilty”? Did that just die out and a bunch of people (especially people on Twitter) decided they have a degree in judging from the university of BS land

  14. Hopefully that useless rag, The Detroit News, just all lost access to the team and players. Like many other media outlets, it has evolved into just another National Enquierer or like tabloid.

  15. mongo3401 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 12:34 am
    I seriously doubt Kraft or BB would have kept him aboard if there was the least little doubt he did anything. Cases are usually put forth to a grand jury because the FA is not sure he has enough evidence thus he lets a grand jury decide.
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    You’re completely delusional

  16. So much for the Detroit News getting any interviews with anybody involved in the organization anymore. All stories will flow through the Detroit Free Press now just to stick it to the Detroit News.

  17. Gee, I wonder what Furor Goodell will do with this information??? He suspends players with absolutely no evidence, and even when one of his own investigators recommends NO suspension!! Then, she loses her job, because her conclusions are not what he wants to hear?? Coaches SHOULD be held to higher standards…….I guess we will see…..

  18. mongo3401 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 12:34 am
    I seriously doubt Kraft or BB would have kept him aboard if there was the least little doubt he did anything. Cases are usually put forth to a grand jury because the FA is not sure he has enough evidence thus he lets a grand jury decide.

    I’d be inclined to agree, but it does not appear that they knew about it. If this had come to light back then the public would have known about it back then, just like we do now.

    And no, that is not why a prosecutor takes a case to a grand jury. It is completely the opposite. a prosecutor would not likely take a case to a GJ that he or she doesn’t not think is winnable. Prosecutors play a numbers game. W/L record just like a football team. If an unwinnable case goes to the GJ and gets kicked to court they will lose still lose, and they’re stretching their already stretched resources in a wasted effort.

  19. Let us not forget that the stupification of America began with this totally incorrect meme,

    11 of 12 balls were significantly underinflated.

    How quickly some will sink their teeth into anything that supports their pet narrative.

  20. Not surprised at all that something like this would come up with the big promotion for this overrated defensive mind. Not everyone gets as lucky as the Vikings with a class act winning head coach like Zimmer. The Lions are really in for the long haul of continued failure, but at least they’re used to losing.

  21. A non-denial denial. He maintains his innocence and said he was falsely accused. He never actually said he didn’t do it or that this incident never occurred.

  22. Poor little Sparty, it’s going to be another long season for your little dumpster kittys!

  23. Nice statement. But how we would we feel if 49ers GM John Lynch said all of the same things about Rueben Foster? My only ask is that coaches such as Patricia get treated the same as players such as Foster and Ezekiel Elliott.

    Also, there were 10 months from the time of Patricia’s arrest to the time when the case was dismissed on the morning of the trial. This was not a girl who called police on Friday and recanted on Saturday. Just saying.

  24. brendafortheboyz says: “Gee, I wonder what Furor Goodell will do with this information??? He suspends players with absolutely no evidence, and even when one of his own investigators recommends NO suspension!!”
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    Sorry, but investigators only job is to INVESTIGATE. It is the responsibility of management and the lawyers to make a recommendation. She could certainly have an opinion, but strange you don’t bring up the opinion of the other six investigators working on that case either.

    Also, there was plenty of circumstantial evidence along with the testimony of the alleged victim. For you to say “absolute no evidence” shows your bias for your “boyz” and ignoring even basic facts.

  25. purpleguy says:
    May 10, 2018 at 1:10 am
    First, guilty or innocent, as a known public figure representing the Lions, Patricia should have disclosed this issue. Second, defendants aren’t indicted out of thin air. Third, who the hell did the background check for the Lions? If a reporter can find the info, how hard can it be? This will blow over, but it will be interesting to see how Patricia reacts in the future if a player is charged with sexual assault, but similarly had yet to have a chance to defend themselves at trial.
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    First, he was under no obligation to do that. It was 22 years ago. He wasn’t tried. He wasn’t convicted. Employment screening is generally limited to “have you ever been convicted of…” The legal presumption of innocence demands that. No reasonable person would bring something like that up in a job interview. When I was his age, I got a summary violation for disorderly conduct because some moron walked by apartment during a party and threw a bottle at a neighbor’s house. I fought it and won. Would I bring that up?

    Second, people are indicted on LESS than thin air all the time. All it takes is an accusation in cases like this. A Grand Jury will indict the proverbial ham sandwich, as they saying goes.

    Third, given that he was never tried or convicted, it’s completely understandable that they would miss this. What are you going to do..search nationwide arrest records over the past 25 years, ones that probably aren’t even computerized in some cases? Is that even possible? No, this had to come from a source with knowledge of the incident. Somebody knows someone, and that person talked. The real question is “why?” Was a source paid?

    If one of his players gets charged with something, it’s going to be more than just him deciding what to do.

  26. Honestly, I don’t even know what to think about accusations anymore in general. Because of the internet and the idiots like us who frequent it, stories get run with and either no one questions the validity, or they COMPLETELY trash the validity, based largely around their preconceptions of the issue, the person, or even just about life on the whole. Everybody just reads the headline and decides that they are “informed.” Everyone thinks their way is dead right and your way is dead wrong. There’s really nothing like stupid people who think they’re smart. Nothing. One of my all-time favorite quotes, from George Carlin: “Think about this; think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of ’em are stupider than that.”

    So I say all that to say: if we’re making a decision either way on what happened, today, with the scarce information we have, we’re really giving ourselves a whole lot more credit than we deserve. It makes me question democracy, it’s to that point. THESE are the people we’re entrusting to do the voting? We’re doomed… We get all proud and excited about one man/one vote on Election Day, but every other day of the year, that’s the same guy in line in front of you at Walmart with his buttcrack hanging out. Just something to think about…

    Anyway, I hope Matty P is telling the truth, he always seemed like a good dude.

  27. honalulublue says: “Hopefully that useless rag, The Detroit News, just all lost access to the team and players. Like many other media outlets, it has evolved into just another National Enquierer or like tabloid.”
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    According to ESPN, it wasn’t even them digging into Patricia’s past: “The News reported that APG Security, a private investigation firm, requested the court files for Patricia’s case in January. It is not clear whether the Lions contacted the firm to run a background check on Patricia or someone else did.” So SOMEONE hired APG, but it was the Detroit News organization. Don’t blame the messenger.

  28. So I have to ask, according to the Detroit Lions statement, does “Matt was 21 at the time and on spring break in Texas” somehow supposed to excuse any bad behaviour?

  29. “Never fear, we have our best fabulists researching this.” — Rolling Stone

  30. Journalism is dead, at least the professional side of it. It used to be that the newspaper reporter, and editor, would insist that a story comes with some factual evidence, a source, and/or collaboration before they would print an allegation. Now, its denegated into the abyss where if it sells copies or clicks, it gets printed no matter the cost to the accused.

    I don’t have a clue whether there was truly a sexual assault incident 20 years ago and neither do any of the people who are posting above. But it sickens me to think that this newspaper thought it prudent to run the story, they have sunken to the level of a hooker, in other words, anything to make money, no matter the cost of your reputation, or in the case, lack thereof.

  31. Nobody here knows what happened. He was not proven innocent. The accuser didn’t show up. That doesn’t prove it did or didn’t happen.

    It’s also not “all about the money,” as someone above stated and more than 20 people up-voted. The newspaper dug up the grand jury indictment, tried to contact the accuser and could not find her. There is no indication that she’s looking for a payday.

  32. I mean, zeke was found innocent and actually his girlfriend was found to have knowingly lied and convinced her friends to lie during his due process and he was still deemed guilty in the eyes of the public and the league…

    Different rules for different teams, I guess.

  33. akira554 says: “So SOMEONE hired APG, but it was the Detroit News organization. Don’t blame the messenger.”
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    Meant to say it WASN’T the Detroit News that hired APG, as they’re speculating who did it too.

  34. Guys (and ladies) you never know. I had my right to work as a nurse suspended for a couple of months in 2017 because I got busted with a four-inch wooden hash pipe in 1982. Four inch. Wooden. 35 years ago. I’m not kidding. I had already worked as a nurse for two decades, and I had already fessed up to the “crime” when I applied to be a nurse. The State came after me for some reason. And besides, what’s a young man to do when he’s raising hell and cutting a swathe across the Deep South? Not smoke weed? Yeah, right. (sarcasm that last bit)

  35. mongo3401 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 12:34 am
    I seriously doubt Kraft or BB would have kept him aboard if there was the least little doubt he did anything. Cases are usually put forth to a grand jury because the FA is not sure he has enough evidence thus he lets a grand jury decide.
    ———————————————-
    Yea right! the 2 guys that drafted Aaron Hernandez……..knowing full well who he was….

  36. waldoampere says:
    May 10, 2018 at 8:17 am

    A non-denial denial. He maintains his innocence and said he was falsely accused. He never actually said he didn’t do it or that this incident never occurred.
    ___________________________________________

    What part of “As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago…” and “I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done” seems to be a non-denial denial to you?

  37. orndorf2 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 2:39 am
    So I wonder if he shared the details of that 1996 episode with the Lions. It seems that the media will be searching to get the “victims” side of the story because…oh why not? Maybe now she like other Me too ladies, have the courage to speak out. Could get messy.
    ———————

    The tough thing is the media is going to go hunt for that person, whos actions at the time were to leave ‘whatever happened’ behind and move on with her life, and has now done over two decades of moving on with her life, and they will put this thing right back into her life. Its even possible whoever the people in her life are now dont know about the incident because she wanted it that way. They will know now. So if she wasn’t a victim before, now she will be.

  38. waynefontesismyfather says:
    May 10, 2018 at 7:41 am
    So much for the Detroit News getting any interviews with anybody involved in the organization anymore. All stories will flow through the Detroit Free Press now just to stick it to the Detroit News.

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    Aren’t the News & Free Press still owned by the same organization? I could have sworn they merged when I still lived there in the 90’s.

  39. whatjusthapped says: “Journalism is dead, at least the professional side of it. It used to be that the newspaper reporter, and editor, would insist that a story comes with some factual evidence, a source, and/or collaboration before they would print an allegation.”
    ———————-

    The State of Texas got an indictment for the alleged incident. Not sure what more “evidence” you need for the journalist to report this.

  40. If Ezekiel Elliot was suspended without charges ever being filed and for an incident that occurred before he was in the league, then Matt Patricia should be suspended to. Fortunately for Matt, Lisa Friel’s family team isn’t in the NFC North, so he’ll be ok.

  41. Federal Law prohibits the disclosure to or use of any non-conviction record over 7 years old by an employer in the hiring process. Period. Full Stop. FCRA.

  42. TruFBFan says:
    May 10, 2018 at 7:59 am
    mongo3401 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 12:34 am
    I seriously doubt Kraft or BB would have kept him aboard if there was the least little doubt he did anything. Cases are usually put forth to a grand jury because the FA is not sure he has enough evidence thus he lets a grand jury decide.

    I’d be inclined to agree, but it does not appear that they knew about it. If this had come to light back then the public would have known about it back then, just like we do now.

    And no, that is not why a prosecutor takes a case to a grand jury. It is completely the opposite. a prosecutor would not likely take a case to a GJ that he or she doesn’t not think is winnable. Prosecutors play a numbers game. W/L record just like a football team. If an unwinnable case goes to the GJ and gets kicked to court they will lose still lose, and they’re stretching their already stretched resources in a wasted effort.

    ——————
    You are mistaken about When a prosecutor will go to a grand jury. Fist off, its not “only if they think the case is winnable”. There is not even a win to be had, its only a decision there is ‘reason to suspect there is a ctime that needs to be investigated’. (Very different from the ‘beyond all reasonable doubt’ that will be needed to win) Once they have the idictment they have much greater investigative powers, they also have the ability to have the grand jury ask questions that a person cant refuse to anwer (jailed if they do) so thats an important tool for getting to the bottom of it. So often they take unwinnable cases to indictment with the idea that they can then use those tools to determine if they really do have a case or not. And its not uncommon that after they start using those greater tools of investigation and get into things they do find that there is not a case that should be carried forward.

  43. unclebluck says:
    May 10, 2018 at 9:44 am
    mongo3401 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 12:34 am
    I seriously doubt Kraft or BB would have kept him aboard if there was the least little doubt he did anything. Cases are usually put forth to a grand jury because the FA is not sure he has enough evidence thus he lets a grand jury decide.
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    Yea right! the 2 guys that drafted Aaron Hernandez……..knowing full well who he was….

    1 4 Rate This

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    Just the opposite. Hernandez was doing very well at Florida under Urban Meyer.

    Do you people ever get facts?

  44. Patricia sorta gets a “pass” on this –
    FIRST : The alleged accuser said ” MY mistake, please drop the charges
    SECOND : Its NOTHING like the Jamieson Winston case – HIS accuser never backed down,
    she steadfastly stood by her accusations of him, at which point it became CRYSTAL clear the
    Campus Police & States Attorney failed the victim miserably!
    And YES – Patricia should have divulged this mishap to the Lions, as now the NFL will
    most assuredly be looking into it whether the matter is long ago closed or not!

  45. I call BS…. sounds like a woman scorned… Matt has made it to the top and she wants a piece of his success… she never showed up to testify… look women, if u make a accusation like this and then not show up to Court to press charges…. I call BS….

  46. To the poster that stated “we are now living in an era where allegations are proof”, I must modify. What we are living in is an ere where allegations are proof against people we do not like to begin with. For folks we like, the allegations are merely “smear jobs”.

  47. belichickdominatedjoemontana says:

    May 10, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Sounds like another drunk college girl that woke up with instant regret on who she chose to sleep with the night before.

    __________________________________

    You could say the same about “another drunk college guy”. You just assume that Patricia didn’t do it and that the girl is the one to blame. There are only 3 people who know what, if anything really happened. We will most likely never know, but that stain will be permanent either way.

  48. Just the opposite. Hernandez was doing very well at Florida under Urban Meyer.

    Do you people ever get facts?

    _________________________________

    Yeah, Hernandez was doing well at Florida because Urban Meyer always looked the other way. Football and winning were more important than any crimes he committed down there (including a shooting, as we later found out). He slid down in the draft because of his reputation. I wish the Patriots had passed on him.

  49. Did the Patriots know about it? If it wasn’t a problem for them why should it be a problem for Detroit? It was an allegation not a conviction, although when the employer asks the question “is there anything else we haven’t asked that we should know?” one would hope this didn’t slip his mind.

  50. thudsp says: “Dirt bags in the press hell bent on destroying lives.”
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    They destroyed their own lives by breaking into a woman’s hotel room and sexually assaulting her. An incident that Matt Patricia HAS NOT denied and the Detroit Lions saying “Matt was 21 at that time and was on spring break in Texas.”

  51. “The charge was dismissed by the prosecutor at the request of the complaining individual prior to trial. As a result, Coach Patricia never had the opportunity to present his case or clear his name publicly in a court of law.”

    In other words, he might very well be guilty, and got lucky that the woman didn’t press charges.

  52. Let me start by saying I support the Me Too movement and I’m glad the goings on of some men in power and their evil deeds have come to light. They are warped sexually frustrated individuals who get what they deserve. However, I’m growing very tired of waking up everyday and someone new is having sexual assault allegations filed against them, what is worse some of these allegations are 10 or more years old.

    They want to wreck this person’s career because 1 they didn’t choose to be with them, 2 to get back oat them for some injustice they feel this person did and 3 they just don’t plain like the guy.

    People are losing their homes, families and careers over allegations, ALLEGATIONS! and in the court of public opinion you are guilty until proven innocent when it comes to such matters as this.

    Guys, NO means NO and women don’t put yourself in that situation. Guys, let her make the first move. If you are that worked up, 5 minutes in the bathroom can save you 10-20 in the big house.

    Ya’ all member the Duke Lacrosse team? Several young men’s lives changed. Scholarships revoked, kicked outta college, criminal record. Then it comes out she lied and made the whole thing up. Doesn’t matter because these guys lives were ruined. Or the gals in Nebraska who accuse two players of raping them. Why? Because they thought they were gonna get drafted in the NFL and would get some money outta it. They lied too!

    So if ya gonna be a playa, choose wisely because if you get even remotely famous, some gal is gonna is gonna be in for a money grab. I feel if your accused and found innocent – AND they find out you lied about the sexual assault – those women or men should have to do the same time as what the accused should have had to.

    #Ivehadenoughofmetoo

  53. waldoampere says:
    A non-denial denial. He maintains his innocence and said he was falsely accused. He never actually said he didn’t do it or that this incident never occurred.

    — Seriously?? Ah, stating he was falsely accused and is innocent means the same as “I didn’t do it.”

  54. And for all you posters calling HER out as a ” gold digger” & career “wrecker” –
    She didn’t press charges against Patricia because she wasn’t sure it was him that did the “assaulting” – she was OVER this episode in her life UNTIL some reporter started digging up the past, SHE wasn’t looking for anything !

  55. For those calling on Goodell to take action, what basis would goodell have? The accusation takes place over 20 years ago, when he was in college. Well beyond the statute of limitations for the state of Texas.

    Even if he is innocent…..I will say that its not a smart move to call the accusations a lie, because it does potentially open up libel/slander lawsuits.

  56. I think it’s fair to say that He’s innocent until proven guilty and he shouldn’t lose his job over an allegation. With that being said, sexual assault and abuse can be really difficult to speak up about due to fear of retaliation, disbelief in the justice system where women have been silenced or testimony been minimized, and being blamed one way or another. A number of men who were sexually abused rarely bring it out in the open due to the stigma and shame around victimized. Sexual assault works the same way. It’s not that simple to just speak up especially if a person becomes powerful and wealthy where they can use both to distance themselves from them allegations. There’s no easy answer to it. Judging the accuser is as silly as blaming the accused. There’s no easy answer to this and there shouldn’t be.

  57. “Coach Patricia was the subject of a standard pre-employment background check which did not disclose this issue.”

    ________________

    My only question is if this information was easy to be found; then what type of company is the Lions running their background checks through, if nothing at all came up?
     

  58. I think here the presumption of innocence should prevail, but

    #1 their background check obviously is flawed.

    #2 had the Lions known would they have still hired him?

  59. theyearofthecat1 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 9:52 am
    waynefontesismyfather says:
    May 10, 2018 at 7:41 am
    So much for the Detroit News getting any interviews with anybody involved in the organization anymore. All stories will flow through the Detroit Free Press now just to stick it to the Detroit News.

    ——————

    Aren’t the News & Free Press still owned by the same organization? I could have sworn they merged when I still lived there in the 90’s.

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    They have a “joint operating agreement” and their operations are commonly run by the Detroit Media Partnership. Gannett owns the Freep, and the News is part of the MediaNews Group chain. They publish separate daily papers, but only the Freep publishes on Sunday.

  60. Welcome to the new Liberal America, where an innocent man can be destroyed by the Media…

    Why wasn’t this young lady charged for making false allegations?

    So sad.

  61. TaeCH326 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 12:13 pm
    “Coach Patricia was the subject of a standard pre-employment background check which did not disclose this issue.”

    ________________

    My only question is if this information was easy to be found; then what type of company is the Lions running their background checks through, if nothing at all came up?
    ______________________________________________

    Backgrounds checks on innocent people, turn up innocent people…

  62. finfansince68 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 11:54 am
    And for all you posters calling HER out as a ” gold digger” & career “wrecker” –
    She didn’t press charges against Patricia because she wasn’t sure it was him that did the “assaulting” – she was OVER this episode in her life UNTIL some reporter started digging up the past, SHE wasn’t looking for anything !

    ////////

    So if she wasn’t sure and the reporter can’t use her as a credible witness, its OK to smear his name all over the internet. The reporter should be held accountable as well. Why not just go to the authorities report the incident instead blasting it all over social media?

    Why? Because sites like Facebook are a cesspool of lies. We as a family right now are dealing with a situation where my daughter works. Someone had accused her place of employment of using a camera for surveillance filming people in a dressing room.

    Instead of running to the police this idiot ran to her social media page. The police investigated the incident and cleared my daughter place of employment for any wrong doing. BUT its too late the damage has been done and this idiot had all her friends share it. the manager even showed her what cameras were recording and asked her for a public apology and to delete the post. Post was deleted but not a public apology.

    Problem today is everybody wants attention and will go to extremes to get it on these social media site. I left Facebook 6 months ago, I don’t miss it at all!

  63. Gene Jolie says:
    May 10, 2018 at 6:31 am
    Surprised this is not public record, in RI for example there is a easily searchable data base available to anyone.. RI Judiciary.
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    Grand Jury proceedings are not public record, only the vote of the jury to indict or no bill becomes recorded…

  64. orndorf2 says:
    May 10, 2018 at 2:39 am

    So I wonder if he shared the details of that 1996 episode with the Lions. It seems that the media will be searching to get the “victims” side of the story because…oh why not? Maybe now she like other Me too ladies, have the courage to speak out. Could get messy.
    ——————–

    She had the courage to speak out 22 years ago, and say it was all BS.

  65. Could it be possible that this is payback, from a known proven liar, all because coach Patricia wore a certain clown T shirt ?

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