Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is unlikely to face criminal charges stemming from a mid-December incident which occurred at his home following the team’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Morning Journal reports that the lawsuit agains Richardson has been transferred from Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to Lorain County Common Pleas Court, and that there are “conflicting statements and lack of evidence” for there to be probable cause for an arrest.
This past March, Richardson was named in a lawsuit along with his girlfriend and his brother Terrell. The initial complaint alleges that an after-hours party at Trent Richardson’s “compound” ended in an altercation. The plaintiffs, Krystal Jones of Maple Heights and Kathleen Hunter of Cleveland, allege that Trent Richardson was upset that they “disrespected” his house and that he blocked them from backing their car up to leave in order to enable his girlfriend to begin “pummeling” the driver. The initial document names six counts including battery, assault, emotional distress, civil conspiracy and emotional distress before a jury demand.
As pointed out by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the absence of criminal charges has no impact on a civil lawsuit, which is subject to a far lower standard of proof and can be filed without meeting any initial burdens like probable cause.