How the Detroit Lions Failed Background Check 101
According to recently published report in the The Detroit News, the newly hired coach of the Detroit Lions, Matt Patricia, was arrested for aggravated assault in 1996. Patricia was on spring break in South Padre Island, when Patricia and another fraternity brother “burst” into an upscale hotel room and sexually assaulted a woman. Patricia and his fraternity brother were arrested and later indicted for aggravated sexual assault, but the two men never stood trial and the case was later dismissed.
As an investigator who has conducted thousands of “deep dive” investigations of high-profile individuals, this particular case caught my eye for a number of reasons.
How could the Lions not be aware of this? Was this criminal record readily available in public records or was this information brought to the attention of The Detroit News by a source? What can be done to prevent publicly embarrassing things such as this in the future?
Let’s tackle these questions.
Why weren’t the Lions aware of this?
When initially contacted by The Detroit News to comment on Patricia’s arrest, the team president said, “I don’t know anything about this.”
How is it possible that a multimillion-dollar business, with seemingly unlimited resources, could not know about this? Was the …read more