Sport Lions defend vetting of Matt Patricia during hiring process

23:01  12 may  2018
23:01  12 may  2018 Source:   yardbarker.com

Matt Patricia Was Indicted in 1996 Sexual Assault Case; Was Not Tried

  Matt Patricia Was Indicted in 1996 Sexual Assault Case; Was Not Tried An indictment from 22 years ago was uncovered by the Detroit News.On March 15, 1996, a 21-year-old woman reported to police that Patricia and his friend and RPI football teammate Greg Dietrich attacked her in a hotel room and violently sexually assaulted her.

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The Lions announced the hiring of Matt Patricia on Monday. Patricia , the Patriots’ defensive coordinator, released a statement after accepting the job. “I’m incredibly honored and grateful to be named head coach of the Detroit Lions ,” Patricia said.

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The Detroit Lions again defended themselves Saturday after they hired head coach Matt Patricia without discovering that he faced a sexual assault indictment in 1996.

Lions president Rod Wood said the team followed all laws and protocols properly during the hiring process, which prevented them from learning about the allegation.

“We always err on the side of hiring a firm who understands all the laws, follows them, state and federal, so that we don’t happen upon something that we’re not entitled to have nor would we be able to use,” Wood told ESPN’s Michael Rothstein on Saturday.

Lions coach Matt Patricia denies 1996 assault allegation

  Lions coach Matt Patricia denies 1996 assault allegation A 1996 sexual assault allegation has surfaced against Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia.The Detroit News reported that Patricia and a friend of his were indicted 22 years ago by a Texas grand jury, on one count each of aggravated sexual assault for an alleged incident involving a woman on South Padre Island. The accuser did not testify and the case was dismissed 10 months later.

The Lions , who hired Patricia away from the New England Patriots, first learned about the case when the News surfaced the story and asked team officials for “I am very comfortable with the process of interviewing and employing Matt ,” Wood said. Patricia and Lions defend themselves via statements.

A Detroit News report about Matt Patricia 's indictment and dismissal on sexual assault charged in 1996 has raised just as many questions as answers—about Patricia , about the Lions ' hiring process , and about the team's ham-fisted response to.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act prevents felony arrests that did not end in convictions from being considered by potential employers, so the Lions were not even made aware of the indictment as part of the background check. Wood defended the firm used to background check Patricia, calling them “a well-regarded, national professional background screening company,” though he declined to name them.

“There’s been a lot of criticism of people interviewing and questions that were asked that are inappropriate, at the combine and et cetera. And we’re not one of those teams that are going to do those kind of things, whether it’s a player, a coach or an employee,” Wood said. “We’re following the rules, and I’d rather follow the rules and maybe end up where I’m at, although we’re not happy to be dealing with this, there’s no doubt about that.

NFL to review Matt Patricia sexual assault allegations with Detroit Lions

  NFL to review Matt Patricia sexual assault allegations with Detroit Lions The NFL is reviewing Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia’s sexual assault indictment from 1996, following The Detroit News’ Wednesday report. The NFL is reviewing Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia’s sexual assault indictment from 1996, following The Detroit News’ Wednesday report.

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The Lions announced the hiring of Matt Patricia on Monday. Patricia , the Patriots’ defensive coordinator, released a statement after accepting the job. “I’m incredibly honored and grateful to be named head coach of the Detroit Lions ,” Patricia said.

“But I’d rather be doing that than have broken the rules and had an issue that we were in an unlawful position by having some information. So there’s no doubt it’s a tough spot to be, but I’ll take the tough spot by following the rules versus not following the rules and being in an unlawful position.”

A lot of people from Patricia’s past say they were unaware of the allegation. Patricia himself has denied all wrongdoing.

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Patricia, Lions will not face discipline for sexual assault allegation .
The NFL will not discipline the Detroit Lions or Matt Patricia after a sexual assault allegation from 1996 surfaced.ESPN's Adam Schefter cited league sources as saying the NFL met with the Lions and Patricia last week.

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