An interesting week for Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson has been capped off with what could prove to be something that is, well, really bad: The former Alabama star, his brother and his girlfriend are all being sued by two women for alleged assault.
According the the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Richardson and his peoples invited two women, Krystal Jones and Kathleen Hunter to go back to his house with them after partying at Rumors night club. This was back in December, following a Cleveland victory (Joke time: It’s a good thing the Browns didn’t win more games, or else there’d be even more assault suits — too soon?).
Once inside the home, Trent Richardson asked the two women to leave, but as they were leaving, Christman said Richardson became enraged, cursing the two women for “slamming a door” and “disrespecting his house,” according to the complaint.
The complaint accuses Richardson of slamming his fist onto the hood of Jones’ vehicle, denting the hood and causing $1,500 in damage.
It also accuses Richardson of orchestrating a physical assault on the two women, naming his girlfriend Sevina Fatu of Columbia Station and two other yet unnamed women as the assailants.
The team itself is playing things slow with the man who is arguably the franchise’s biggest building block for their future. Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said the team is “aware of the situation,” but otherwise he withheld comment.
Cleveland selected Richardson with the third-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and the young man performed very well in his rookie season. He rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns on 3.6 yards per carry for a team that only won a handful of games. He also broke Jim Brown’s franchise rookie rushing record.
However, the game of football itself is going to be changing in 2013, and Richardson himself has taken the blame for it. NFL ownership voted, by a 31-1 margin (with Cincinnati being the only dissenting vote) to make it illegal for players to lead with the crown of their helmet when going into a tackle in the open field. Several pictures of Richardson doing exactly that were used in the case against the league’s running backs, and now most who tote the rock at the highest of levels are disgusted with the rule change.
We’re guessing Richardson is, at this point, more eager than most to simply get his pads back on and put all this off-field nonsense in the rearview mirror.
Then again, if the assault suit does carry forward, he may not be able to.