NFL clears Detroit Lions’ new head coach Matt Patricia

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia introduces first-round draft pick Frank Ragnow at the team's training facility on April 27 in Allen Park, Mich. (AP photo)

DETROIT (AP) — The NFL has determined sexual assault allegations against Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia from 1996 are not subject to its personal conduct policy.
“The allegations occurred well before his affiliation with the NFL,” the league said Monday after completing its review of the Lions’ interviewing process.
Patricia has said he was falsely accused of allegations that resurfaced in a Detroit News report. The accuser did not testify and the case was dismissed. He and a friend were indicted 22 years ago by a Texas grand jury on one count each of aggravated sexual assault. They were accused of assaulting a woman on South Padre Island.
“I was innocent then,” Patricia said earlier this month, a day after the newspaper report. “And, I am innocent now.”
The Lions have said a pre-employment background check did not reveal the incident and they are standing by Patricia.