Mark Rypien’s longtime partner files personal injury lawsuit after years of alleged abuse

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane resident and NFL quarterback Mark Rypien has been the subject of a lawsuit filed by his longtime partner for years of reported domestic abuse.

The lawsuit was filed earlier in the month in Spokane County Superior Court by Danielle Wade.

The complaint alleges that Rypien was physically abusive to Wade on multiple occasions beginning in 2008 and continuing through the fall of 2020. Wade alleges that Rypien struck and injured her on multiple occasions.

The couple have spoken in the past, as the Spokesperson’s Review reports, about violence. They attributed it as a potential side effect of the head trauma Rypien suffered during his 16 years in the NFL.

The lawsuit acknowledges the trauma but states that it is no excuse to inflict trauma on Wade.

Rypiens’ family released the following statement in response to the allegations:

“We sympathize with those who suffer from mental illness and our thoughts and prayers are with Ms Wade as she moves forward. Although we question Ms. Wade’s recollections and claims in her complaint, we recognize the seriousness of any accusation of domestic violence perpetrated against women or men. As a family, we stand ready to provide a holistic review of the facts in the appropriate setting. »

The lawsuit alleges that Wade felt obligated to be Rypien’s “caregiver” and keep him out of trouble. He said he was told she could not expose her behavior because of the effect it could have on her foundation which aims to fight childhood cancer.

No court date has yet been set for the case.

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