New details have emerged regarding the civil lawsuit filed against Bears pass rusher Mario Edwards Jr. last month. The complaint stems from an incident in Oct. 2020, when Edwards Jr. was accused of assaulting a woman in a hotel in Charlotte, following the Bears’ Week 6 game against the Panthers.
Now, in a report from the Chicago Tribune’s Colleen Kane, Edwards’ agent and attorney each deny the violent allegations brought against him. Meanwhile the plaintiff’s attorney told the Tribune that the complaint was filed to lend credibility to her claim.
According to a police report obtained by NBC Sports Chicago back in 2020, both Edwards Jr. and the woman were listed as victims. According to the Tribune, the woman says in her suit that she and Edwards Jr. were engaging in consensual oral sex, but Edwards Jr. became violent when she did not consent to intercourse. But the woman alleges in her suit that Edwards Jr. became violent, hitting her in the face, twisting her nails backwards and dragging her towards the hotel door, per the Tribune. The report goes on to say the woman hit Edwards Jr. in an attempt to free herself.
According to the Tribune, the NFL conducted an investigation into the allegations, which included an hourslong interview with the plaintiff herself, and believed there was insufficient evidence to say Edwards Jr. violated the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. His attorney also accused the plaintiff of filing the lawsuit as a “money play,” according to the Tribune.
You can read the full report here.