The NFL announced on Monday that they will not discipline Matt Patricia for an arrest for an alleged sexual assault that occurred over 20 years ago. He was cleared of any wrongdoing then and has been again by the NFL.
Via CBS Sports:
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL will not punish Patricia or the Lions over the allegations that resurfaced.
Patricia has repeatedly denied the claims since they resurfaced a couple of weeks ago.
“I’m here to defend my honor and clear my name,” Patricia said at a Lions press conference. “Twenty-two years ago I was falsely accused of something very serious, very serious allegations. There were claims made about me that never happened. 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 or to allow to push back with the truth to clear my name.”
“This was something that was very traumatic to me when I was 21 years old and once it was finally addressed I tried to put it behind me,” he continued. “For those of you who are just getting to know me, and for those of you who have known me a long time, you should know I was raised the right way, by two amazing parents who taught me to know the difference between right and wrong, to stand up for what’s right and to stand up for those who have been wronged.”
Imagine if the NFL found anything on Patricia. Not only would he be punished, but you have to believe that Goodell would attempt to punish the Patriots.