According to a 1996 article by the Brownsville (Texas) Herald, the alleged victim was a 21-year-old IN college student on spring break who had befriended the football players on the beach. "The case was dismissed and I'm innocent".
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) looks downfield as he scrambles during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.
In the meantime, Patricia is maintaining his innocence.
We all pretty much know the story by now, Patricia and his friend were declared innocent when the plaintiff refused to testify. Coach Patricia was the subject of a standard pre-employment background check which did not disclose this issue.
"We will review the matter with the club to understand the allegations and what the club has learned", league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in a statement. "While I'm thankful on one level that the process worked, and the case was dismissed, at the same time, I was never given the opportunity to defend myself". Add that to the list that includes Martha Ford, Lions President Rod Wood, and anybody else that has been asked regarding this over the last 48 hours, I think it is safe to say these "allegations" are laughable.
Patricia took a few questions but did not provide details about the day in question. "I was falsely accused of something that I did not do".
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Patricia, then 21, and Greg Dietrich, then 22, were arrested and later indicted by a grand jury on a count of sexual assault, according to the Detroit News.
The case was dismissed in January 1997 after the woman withdrew her allegation, citing a reluctance to undergo the stress of a trial.
"I've interviewed for a lot of jobs", Patricia said. "But I'm not sure what specific changes, if any, we would make based on this". Quinn had enormous trust in Patricia from their 12 years together in New England, and you wonder if that kept him from fully vetting Patricia's past.
"For 14 years in our organization, Matt conducted himself with great integrity and is known to be an outstanding coach, person and family man", Belichick said in a statement.
Patricia repeated that the incident did not come up in the interview process with the Lions. "We have always been confident in Matt's character and recommended him highly to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions".