Patricia on case: ‘Innocent then, innocent now’

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia passionately expressed his innocence during a seven-minute news conference Thursday, a day after a 22-year-old aggravated sexual assault indictment in Texas had been reported in the media.

Matt Patricia transcript: ‘I am 100 percent the coach of the Detroit Lions’

Matt Patricia said at a news conference that the Lions never asked about the 1996 sexual assault charge, but have continued to support him.

Patricia, as he did in a statement Wednesday night, said he was falsely accused of one count of sexually assaulting a woman in South Padre Island, Texas, during spring break in 1996.

“The truth is on my side. I lived with the mental torture of the situation where facts can be completely ignored or misrepresented with disregard to the consequence and pain that it would create for another person,” Patricia said. “I find it unfair and upsetting that someone would bring this claim up over two decades later for the sole purpose of hurting my family, my friends and this organization with the

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