Mark Rypien is being sued by his longtime partner, who alleges years of physical and emotional abuse, according to The Spokesman-Review.
The former Washington quarterback is being sued by Danielle Wade. The two were never married, although she did take his last name for a few years.
The lawsuit alleges years of abuse by Rypien which cover a span of 2008 to 2020. They include Rypien striking Wade with a car, shoving Wade and pushing Wade into a car door.
Rypien released a statement through his lawyer.
“Mr. Rypien categorically and unequivocally condemns domestic violence,” the statement reads. “He had a relationship with Danielle Wade that ended recently.
“During this relationship, Mr. Rypien acknowledged and apologized for actions that were harmful to Ms. Wade for which he is truly sorry,” the statement continues. “He has full faith in the judicial system and hopes the parties can reach a just resolution so that they can move forward living their separate lives.”
The statement said Rypien “hopes the parties can reach a just resolution.”
Rypien was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in 2019, but the charges were dismissed. He admitted to punching Wade during an argument.
Rypien believes he has Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. He was one of the former NFL players to file suit against the league for ignoring “repetitive traumatic brain injuries and concussions” caused by football.