NFL: Patricia's Past Not Subject to Personal Conduct Policy

The NFL says sexual assault allegations against former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia from 1996 are not subject to its personal conduct policy.

The league said Monday it has completed its review of the interviewing process that led to the Detroit Lions hiring Patricia as its head coach earlier this year.

Patricia has said he was falsely accused of allegations that resurfaced earlier this month in a Detroit News report. The accuser did not testify and the case was dismissed.

The Lions have said a pre-employment background check did not reveal the incident and they are standing by Patricia.

The NFL says the Lions were appropriate and thorough during the interview process. It says Patricia did not mislead anyone with the Lions and adds he was under no league or other requirement to raise the issue.

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