Patricia: I was falsely accused of claim

Matt Patricia

Now, Patricia - along with the top Detroit Lions execs - issued a statement saying the allegations were BS in the first place. "Twenty-two years ago I was falsely accused of something very serious, very serious allegations". Forgive me as I step up onto my soap box for a minute but as Americans we're "innocent until proven guilty" and Patricia was never found guilty and has lived 22 years since this supposedly happened and never had it resurface?

"There were claims made about me that never happened", Patricia said. "To move forward and strive to be the best teacher, coach, and man that I can possibly be".

Owner Martha Firestone Ford, general manager Bob Quinn and president Rod Wood were at Thursday's news conference but did not speak. But they said they would be standing by Patricia.

"In my opinion, it was a fabrication", attorney Jeff Wilson states. While he's happy that the case was dismissed, Patricia said he was not given an opportunity to defend himself or clear his name. So that's the bottom line.

Asked if he had had consensual sex with the accuser, he replied: "I did nothing wrong and that's all I'm going to say on the matter".

"I believe, and have always acted, with respect for all people. So just I'll talk to Matt and then you probably need to make contact with the Detroit Lions from now on".

"Thankfully, truth is on my side", Patricia said reading a prepared statement after discussing a bombshell report with his team earlier in the day. "I don't recollect that case".


"They were also students and casual friends", Eunice told the newspaper in 1996. But the woman never showed in court to testify, and Patricia denies any wrongdoing. They were charged with sexual assault and released on bond.

"I am 100 percent the head coach of the Detroit Lions", Patricia said. After New England lost in the Super Bowl, he was hired as the head coach of the Lions.

"As far as the interview process (with the Lions) is concerned, there was nothing that I did not answer truthfully", Patricia said. "I feel very confident that Matt's the right head coach for the Detroit Lions".

Matt Patricia at Thursday's press conference. I am so thankful to my wife and family for being supportive of me. He began his coaching career with the Patriots as an offensive assistant in 2004.

Patricia, who spent more than a decade with the Patriots, was accused of entering a woman's hotel room in Texas while on spring break and assaulting her.

"I've interviewed for a lot of jobs", Patricia said.

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