Trent Richardson's name popped up in the news a lot last week during the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, mainly because he was the featured example of the league's rule prohibiting runners from leading with the crown of their helmet. (Richardson also took blame for the new rule, which seems unnecessary.) Richardson's name is back in the news now and for a much worse reason: The Browns running back, his brother, his girlfriend and two other friends are being sued by a pair of women for assault.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that two women, Krystal Jones and Kathleen Hunter, claim they were invited to Richardson's house by the group of defendants. They claim that when they arrived, Richardson asked them to leave. When they did, they claim Richardson got angry at the women for "slamming a door" and "disrespecting his house."
The women allege Richardson caused $1,500 in damage by slamming his fist on the hood of their vehicle and they accuse Richardson's girlfriend, Sevina Fatu, of (in the newspaper's words) "orchestrating a physical assault" on the women.
The Browns told the P-D they were "aware of the situation" but had no further comment.
It's a rather odd situation because, as best we can tell, no police report was filed. To take an assault case straight to civil court is a bizarre move, to say the least.