Wasn’t Me

Detroit Lions Coach Matt Patricia Denies 1996 Sexual-Assault Allegation

Detroit Lions Coach Matt Patricia has insisted he didn’t commit sexual assault in 1996 after an allegation against him resurfaced Wednesday night. Patricia was indicted 22 years ago by a Texas grand jury, on a count of aggravated sexual assault for an alleged incident involving a woman on South Padre Island. However, the accuser did not testify and the case was dismissed 10 months later. “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.” A Lions spokesman said the organization was standing by Patricia, who was previously the defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.