NFL says it will review Patricia ‘matter’ with Lions

The NFL said Thursday it will review the issue regarding new Lions head coach Matt Patricia being indicted for an alleged 1996 sexual assault.

The Detroit News reported Wednesday night Patricia had been indicted, but not tried, for sexual assault in 1996. Patricia said in a statement Wednesday night he was falsely accused of the allegation, and the Lions also released a statement supporting the head coach.

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 in the statement. I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done. I would never condone any of the behavior that was alleged and will always respect and protect the rights of anyone who has been harassed or is the victim of violence.

My priorities remain the same — to move forward and strive to be the best coach, teacher, and man that I can possibly be.

Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant are entrenched as starters, wile Brian Poole serves as Atlanta’s nickel back. Rookie second-round pick Isaiah Oliver is also looking at a secure roster spot because of his draft status.

Unless Bethel manages to unseat Poole, he’ll likely be team’s fourth or fifth cornerback—depending on how Oliver develops—at best. If Atlanta decides $1.75 million is too much to pay a depth player and special teamer, it can release Bethel and pay out only $400,000 in guarantees.

The Baltimore Ravens selected running back Kenneth Dixon with a fourth-round pick in 2016, and he arrived with plenty of hype. The Louisiana Tech product rushed for more than 4,400 yards and a whopping 72 touchdowns during his collegiate career.

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