Mark Rippian faces charges of abuse in a lawsuit brought by his longtime partner

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Longtime domestic partner Mark Ribbian has sued the former NFL quarterback, accusing him of years of physical and mental abuse.

In the lawsuit filed in mid-May in state court in Spokane, Washington, Rebian’s partner was identified as Daniel Wade. She used his last name on occasion, and 59-year-old Rypien publicly referred to her as his wife, but they never married.

In 2019, after it was accused of domestic violencecouple signed joint letter as “Mark & ​​Danielle Rypien” and declared that he “has committed no crime.” In the letter, they stated, “Mark suffers from what we suspect [chronic traumatic encephalopathy] And that leaves us with some tough situations to navigate.” Rebian pleaded not guilty to the fourth-degree assault charge, in which he was accused of hitting Wade while he was driving a car they were in, and the case was dismissed.

Wade’s lawsuit revisited that episode as one example of a list of alleged acts of abuse but also as an example of the “media power” of the Super Bowl-winning quarterback, particularly in East Washington, where he grew up and starred in college. Local celebrities also took into account Wade’s inability to sever their relationship, according to the court filing, which he claimed she was actually connected to by “fear, public marital duty, loyalty, and the role of the caregiver assigned to her, even while she was traumatized” herself.

The 2019 letter in the lawsuit was referred to in quotation marks as a “joint” statement penned by Ripian’s defense attorney, suggesting that Wade was not an active participant. Ripian was charged with violence against her in 2020 and resisting Wade’s efforts to “end her husband and wife” public relationship between February 2021 and February 2022.

According to a court filing, the two met in 2002 and were living together by the following year. After Wade realized that Rypien had been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and that it was “likely” he had CTE, according to the lawsuit, “he began to say [Wade] His desire to harm others [she] They are seen as warnings to her.”

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2008 saw “the first time [Wade] She felt great pain and fear for her life “due to the alleged abuse by Rypien, according to the lawsuit, which then details other episodes of violence as part of a “pattern of physical abuse”. [that] It was developed alongside emotional abuse.”

“Daniel Wade has been with Mark Rippian for more than 18 years. She continues to sympathize with him,” Mary Schultz, Wade’s attorney, said in a statement on Tuesday. But trauma in the past does not give him license to traumatize her. It has resulted in injuries and must be treated. Those injuries. … The NFL and the media are focusing on player trauma, but behind this player there are well-known aftermaths from his comrades and family members who don’t speak and cannot speak, but suffer very real injuries from the players’ conditions.”

Rypien’s lawyer said in a statement (via News agency) that the former midfielder “unequivocally and categorically condemns domestic violence”.

“He had a relationship with Danielle Wade that recently ended,” the statement read. “During this relationship, Mr. Rypien has acknowledged and apologized for the actions that harmed Ms. Wade and for which he truly regrets. He has full confidence in the judicial system and hopes that the two parties will reach a fair resolution so that they can move forward with living their separate lives.”

Wade described in the lawsuit that he remained “afraid of threats from… [Rypien]as well as from fans and fans seeking service [him]. “

Her legal team stated in the lawsuit file that Wade needed to sue for damages because “the committed intimacy dissolution treatments in Washington are not designed to mitigate harm in this type of partnership.” The suit wants Rypien’s alleged years of abuse to be treated as “the uniform, continuing torment of domestic violence against him.” [Wade]unlike separate verbs which, in many cases, the statute of limitations for the state has expired.

In the sixth round by Washington in the 1986 draft, Rypien became the team’s full-time starter in 1989 and led them to the NFL Championship after the 1991 season. He was a two-time Pro Bowl pick with Washington, and Rypien was Abandoned in 1994 After refusing to accept the wage cut. He joined Cleveland and played for three other teams before his career ended in 2002.

In 2018, Rypien became publicly available Suffering from his mental health, which included at least one suicide attempt. He praised Wade for saving him in that episode by forcing him to vomit more than 100 sleeping pills he had swallowed and chased them down with a bottle of wine.

At the time, Ripian also acknowledged a 2017 incident that led to police filing a domestic violence report.

Part of that is getting the right medications. When you use something that doesn’t handle that? That impulse control? You go from zero to 60 really fast,” Rybian He said Then that incident, which charges were eventually dropped. “I don’t remember that night. I remember losing control.”