New England Pats coach Bill Belichick has issued a statement condemning the sexual assault of an unnamed woman, which he said happened during the team’s bye week.
“It is with deep sadness and deep regret that I learned about the matter, which occurred during a private practice in Boston,” Belichick said.
“The actions of an individual were inexcusable.
It has been an incredibly difficult, and painful, week for me, my wife and our family.
We are deeply saddened by this event, which has brought us to the breaking point.”
The woman, who was not identified by the AP, told police in January that she was assaulted by Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones, who then allegedly took photos of her while he videotaped it.
He was later arrested and charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment.
Jones is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.
His lawyer has said that the NFL would have no comment until the case is resolved.
Jones did not immediately return a phone message left with his attorney.
The Patriots have not announced any new penalties.