By Julie Glass
Former Redskins quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, according to the Spokane (Washington) Police Department.
Rypien was charged with one count of fourth-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor for first-time offenders. He pleaded not guilty to the charge in an initial court appearance yesterday.
Rypien and his wife, Danielle, said in a joint statement that “(Mark) did not commit any crime.”
“As a family we are deeply concerned about the situation,” the Rypiens said in the statement, according to The Associated Press. “Occurrences like this one are often chaotic scenes which are not conducive to revealing full clarity about what actually transpires.”
According to KHQ-TV, Rypien was arrested at around 6 p.m. after police found he and a woman, whom the television station identified as his wife, in a grassy area near a Spokane bank around 5:30 p.m. Both individuals were interviewed by police over a period of roughly 45 minutes, according to KHQ-TV, before Rypien was placed in handcuffs. He was booked into Spokane County Jail around 6:30 p.m., according to online jail records.