Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson has to find a way to stay out of the newspapers. Seriously.
First, Richardson managed to make the papers the other day by expressing the sentiment that he was responsible for the new helmet rule for running backs. Namely, a rule that running backs can’t lower their heads to blast away opposing defenders. He might have a point, as his devastating hit on the Eagles’ Kurt Coleman (below) was screened for NFL executives before the ruling came down.
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Then, in a story that mostly flew under the radar, Richardson claimed that he was not going to change his helmet-first ways, telling a Cleveland radio stationthat “I agree with making the NFL more safer for the players and stuff, but just the way I run, that’s not going to stop me at all. I’m going to do what I’ve always done and that’s the only way I know.”
But, wait, it gets worse.
Richardson now faces civil charges filed against him, due to an incident which happened last December 12th in his Columbia Station home. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
A civil lawsuit was filed Friday afternoon against Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, his brother Terrell, his girlfriend and two others by two women who claim they were verbally and physically assaulted at Richardson’s home in Columbia Station in 2012.
The lawsuit claims that the incident began on Dec. 9, 2012, at Rumors night club following a Browns victory and continued into the early hours of Dec. 10 when the defendants invited Krystal Jones of Maple Heights and Kathleen Hunter of Cleveland to Trent Richardson’s home in Columbia Station, according to the complaint.
The saying that nothing good ever happens at 2 a.m. seemed doubly true in Richardson’s case, as the lawsuit accuses him of slamming his fist into the hood of Jones’ car and “orchestrating an assault”.
The Browns have issued no comment on the matter.
Below is Richardson committing what will now be a 15-yard infraction. More as it comes to light: