When Clay Harbor isn't on The Bachelorette fighting for Becca Kufrin's heart, you can catch him training to get back on the football field. Although he isn't actively playing the sport right now, Clay isn't ready to say goodbye to football just yet! The 30-year-old tight end from Chicago is working on throwing on a team jersey again. The NFL veteran started his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, moving to the Jacksonville Jaguars, then to the New England Patriots, and finishing with the Detroit Lions in 2016.
The NFL says sexual assault allegations against Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia from 1996 are not subject to its personal conduct policy. Patricia has said he was falsely accused of allegations that resurfaced earlier this month in a Detroit News report . The Lions have said a pre-employment background check did not reveal the incident and they are standing by Patricia.
Detroit Lions team president Rod Wood said Saturday that his team followed the law when it came to how it approached the hiring process for first-year head coach Matt Patricia earlier this year, even if they didn't uncover a 22-year-old aggravated sexual assault indictment that has since come to light. "We always err on the side of hiring a firm who understands all the laws, follows them, state and federal," Wood told ESPN on Saturday, "so that we don't happen upon something that we're not entitled to have nor would we be able to use." In this case, it meant following both federal law and the state laws of Massachusetts and Michigan. The Fair Credit Reporting Act does not allow felony arrests?that did not result in convictions beyond seven years old to be considered in possible employment, so most search firms do not include that information on the background checks they provide to employers — and that includes the Lions.
Barring anything unforeseen, Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions are not going to be punished for anything stemming from the report of a decades-old dismissed sexual assault case involving Patricia. A dismissed sexual assault case from 1996 against Patricia was brought to light by the Detroit News earlier this month. The NFL said on May 10 it would look into the matter, and on Monday it said Patricia and the Lions would face no discipline, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Veteran lineman T.J. Lang expects big things from the Detroit Lions’ offensive line. Lang praised new offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, and Lang said the players are anxious to get things rolling. The Lions have been competitive for the most part recent years, a far cry from the persistent struggles of a decade ago.
More details have come out in the 1996 sexual assault case against new Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia, specifically the makeup of the prosecution’s list of witnesses against the 43-year-old. According to court documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press, the witness list included a nurse, doctor, police detective, police officer and college friend of the alleged victim. Accounts from the five helped lead to an indictment by a grand jury of Patricia and college friend Greg Dietrich on charges of aggravated sexual assault, but the charges were ultimately dismissed 10 months after the incident when the victim decided she couldn’t take the stress.
Detroit Lions president Rod Wood defended the team's approach to checking into head coach Matt Patricia's background before hiring him in February. Wood says the team employed a security firm to do a background check on Patricia, entrusting that their knowledge of local and federal laws would be best. "So that we don't happen upon something that we're not entitled to have nor would we would be able to use." Despite the team's diligence, a 1996 sexual assault case involving Patricia wasn't discovered.