No punishment for Lions or Matt Patricia

AP

As far as the NFL is concerned, the matter of Matt Patricia’s past is closed.

The league has announced that it will not discipline either the Lions or Patricia, after a 1996 incident in which the head coach was accused of sexual assault.

Patricia denied any wrongdoing — at the time and recently when a public records search yielded the paperwork. And since the incident was well before he was involved in any NFL business, the league can’t punish him under the personal conduct policy.

Patricia didn’t reveal the information to the Lions (and he shouldn’t have), though there is a troubling aspect to a newspaper finding more things out with a public records search than a team does when hiring one of its highest-profile employees.

The league met with the Lions and Patricia last week to discuss the matter.

The case never went to trial, as the woman who made the accusation didn’t cooperate with prosecutors and testify against him.

26 responses to “No punishment for Lions or Matt Patricia

  1. Oh good, now the NFL can focus on whether or not O.J. Simpson should be punished for his role in The 1994 deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

  2. Sorry, but something happened … and it was bad. Lie to yourselves all you like. Blame the victim. Make up stories. Whatever. There’s way too much smoke to be no fire.

  3. Lions are going to surprise everyone by winning the North and getting to the NFC title game.
    Much improved “D” and ground game coming in 2018.

    Go Lions!

  4. redlikethepig says:
    May 21, 2018 at 2:19 pm
    Sorry, but something happened … and it was bad. Lie to yourselves all you like. Blame the victim. Make up stories. Whatever. There’s way too much smoke to be no fire.

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    So what do you want to have happen? The legal authorities have chosen not to pursue the case. Do you think that somehow the NFL should, two decades later, conduct an investigation? Hasn’t the League demonstrated that it can’t be trusted to handle investigations of things that happened (or didn’t happen) in the last few months?

  5. No conviction combined with too much time having passed makes this a pretty easy decision. Patricia will still have to deal with the matter moving forward though, as he will be placed in a tough position disciplining players that have been indicted or charged, but not convicted.

  6. The NFL league office is such a joke. Why on earth do they think they can discipline a person or a franchise for something that happened or didn’t happen a decade before that person was employed anywhere in the NFL?

  7. forthegoodofthegame says:
    May 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    The NFL league office is such a joke. Why on earth do they think they can discipline a person or a franchise for something that happened or didn’t happen a decade before that person was employed anywhere in the NFL?

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    Great question. Patricia met with Goodell so I wonder if Goodell leaked the story to Snell to get back at Patricia for the Clowndell shirt and when Goodell liked what Patricia had to say, he dropped it.

  8. The right decision, of course. The amazing part is that it took less than a year to decide.

  9. Good. Patricia likely did something immoral when he was a kid. It was immoral but not criminal.

  10. burrito12 says:
    May 21, 2018 at 1:58 pm
    Oh good, now the NFL can focus on whether or not O.J. Simpson should be punished for his role in The 1994 deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
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    Id say four games and they reject any appeal.

  11. forthegoodofthegame says:
    May 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    The NFL league office is such a joke. Why on earth do they think they can discipline a person or a franchise for something that happened or didn’t happen a decade before that person was employed anywhere in the NFL?

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    CBA says they can do what they want. And since Patricia isnt even a player they may have even more freedom.

  12. OJ should have been taken out of the hall of fame, at least.
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    Why?

    How do you tell the story of the NFL without a 2000 yard season in only 14 games? That’s one of the most impressive feats in League history.

    Plenty of deplorable people have represented the NFL.

  13. darkneptune73 says:
    May 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm
    Good. That reporter tried to smear Patricia’s name and failed miserably.

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    Unfortunaly thats not correct. The reporter succeeded because you cant put these things back in the bottle. But I could not tell you what the point was for doing this.

  14. Wait a minute, you said And since the incident was well before he was involved in any NFL business, the league can’t punish him under the personal conduct policy. didn’t the same thing happen to Ezekiel Elliot. he got suspended for 6 weeks for something he did in college before he was involved in any NFL business. What’s going on? All NFL people are equal but some NFL people are more equal than others.

  15. I figured as much considering precedent has already been set. Rape someone in College? Go #1 overall(Jameis Winston) and welcomed with open arms. Now if Patricia was to oh I dunno say rape two women a short period of time apart in a couple bar bathrooms then maybe he would get a tiny slap on the wrist like Pig Ben.

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