Despite the controversy surrounding his hiring, Matt Patricia’s recruitment was conducted by the book.
Lions president Rod Wood on Saturday assured Cheap Official Jerseys the team followed the law when it came to the new coach’s hiring process despite failing to uncover a sexual assault indictment from more than 20 years ago.
Patricia was indicted by a grand jury on one count of aggravated sexual assault in 1996. He and a teammate on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s football team were charged after allegedly bursting into a South Padre Island hotel room where a woman was sleeping and took turns sexually assaulting her.
Neither Patricia nor his teammate stood trial after the alleged victim decided not to testify. The case was dismissed in 1997 and the police report from the reported incident has been thrown out.
Patricia addressed the media Thursday, maintaining he “did nothing wrong” and Cheap Quality Baseball Jerseys insisting the story only resurfaced with the intention to damage his reputation.
Manziel later elaborated on his decision to sign with the Tiger-Cats from Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario.
“I don’t want to wait around anymore,” Manziel said. “I want a chance to get on the field and get into the locker room and get a chance to play ball again,” Manziel said. “This isn’t just a pit stop for me. I’m not coming here to get what I need to go back down to the NFL. I’ve signed into this for the long haul, for two years.
“I’m here to make the most of it.”
The 25-year-old quarterback passed for over 7,800 yards and accumulated 93 total touchdowns in his two-year career at Texas A&M. He won the Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman in 2012 when he threw 26 touchdown passes and added another 21 rushing scores.
Manziel was selected 22nd overall by the Browns in the 2014 NFL Draft, but his career was derailed by off-field issues. He appeared in 15 games over two seasons, registering eight total touchdowns and seven interceptions.