Longtime NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, who won Super Bowl MVP with the Washington Redskins in 1992, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of domestic violence.
Online jail records indicate that Rypien, 56, was booked into Spokane (Washington) County Jail at 6:28 p.m. Sunday night. He is facing one count of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He is due to appear in court on Monday morning.
According to KHQ-TV, Rypien was taken into custody after an incident involving his wife in north Spokane. Both Rypien and his wife were interviewed by responding officers and Rypien was eventually placed in handcuffs and loaded into the back of a police car.
Rypien was observed standing in the grass near a bank while his wife “was lying in the grass.” His wife did not require medical treatment, per KHQ-TV. According to the Spokesman Review, a third party called police to report the alleged incident.
Last year, Rypien opened up to the Spokesman Review about his battle with memory loss, depression and suicidal thoughts. Rypien told the paper that he once attempted suicide and believes he has Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, better known as CTE.
When speaking with the Spokesman Review in March 2018, Rypien acknowledged a November 2017 domestic violence incident with his wife. He said he “got angry” and “threw her on the bed a couple of times.” His wife said the incident was a “fluke thing” and attributed the outburst to a change in Rypien’s medication.
Rypien played 11 seasons in the NFL for the Redskins, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts. Most of his career was played in Washington, where he appeared in 77 games with 72 starts. When he led the Redskins to the Super Bowl in 1992, he threw for 3,282 yards, including 292 yards and two touchdowns in the Super Bowl XXVI victory over the Buffalo Bills.
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