The woman who accused Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch of assault and property damage has been charged for making misleading or false statements to investigators in Bellevue City, Washington (via Seattle Times).
Jammie Lynn Ficarelli, 31, told police that Lynch had assaulted and damaged her purse back in August.
But as the Seattle Times points out, investigators found this to be false.
The investigation also found that although [the accuser] did have injuries from that night, two witnesses said they were the result of a fall, according to the Bellevue Police Department.
One witness, a man the woman apparently thought was Lynch, said he told her multiple times that night that he didn’t play for the Seahawks.
[She] told police the man she was with never identified himself as Lynch, but that “she knew it was him because she is a football fan,” according to a police report.
The 35-year-old man she was with that night is 6 foot 2 and 185 pounds. Lynch is 3 inches shorter and 215 pounds.
If convicted, Ficarelli faces up to a year in jail.
This is just another example of the importance of waiting for more information to come out before drawing a conclusion as it relates to accusations against professional athletes. Earlier in the year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was accused of sexual assault. After an investigation into the incident, officials in Florida decided that there was no basis for charges to be filed against him.
While the NFL wants to curb violence off the field, it’s also important for both the leagues and those associated with it to make sure all the facts are available before taking action.
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