Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has successfully ended one civil suit alleging sexual misconduct in Tampa two years ago. However, that’s not the end of his legal trouble just yet. Nor, is it going to be the end of the road for possible NFL discipline, as well.
ESPN Jaguars beat writer Michael Dirocco reported Wednesday afternoon that court records in Hillsborough County reveal the Dareus has gotten his case against him permanently dismissed from January of 2017.
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Judge Paul Huey ruled in February that the suit against Dareus is “dismissed with prejudice,” which means it cannot be refiled.
As we wrote previously, the woman alleged that Dareus had sexually assaulted her in January of 2018 at a North Tampa Florida home while Dareus was in town for the Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff Championship Game. Dareus is former star at Alabama and number one pick of the Buffalo Bills.
The woman claimed that Dareus possibly drugged her and further alleged, that he had given her a sexually transmitted disease.
DiRocco further reports that the court records reveal that the accusers attorney withdrew the complaint in November citing lack of communication with the accuser and irreconcilable differences. Dareus’ attorneys then filed the motion to dismiss with prejudice and got their favorable ruling.
Dareus is subject to a similar complaint from July of last year, where a Texas woman alleges that he sexually assaulted her and also gave her a sexually transmitted disease. The accuser alleged that the incident took place in April in Houston, Texas at an apartment.
That accuser had filed her lawsuit in Duval County, but judge Tyrie Boyer dismissed her lawsuit on March 14th siding with a motion from Dareus and his attorneys. The gave the accuser and her attorneys 20 days to file a new ammended complaint which was done last week.
While Dareus’ attorneys or representative had yet to be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon, it’s obviously a victory for him in the one case and potential victory in the second civil suit, too.
Dareus re-worked his contract last month to remain with Jaguars in 2019 after having been acquired in a trade with Buffalo in October of 2017.
Dareus is still subject to the NFL personal conduct policy and could be facing League discipline, including a possible suspension. Typically the NFL weights for the resolution in these cases criminally or civilly and then makes its own judgment.