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Dallas assistant coach Patrick charged with assault

May 7, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT

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Dallas Stars assistant coach James Patrick was arrested and charged with assault after a domestic incident last week, the Morning-News reports.

The details:

Patrick, 50, was charged with assault after he shoved his girlfriend during an argument about the contents of his phone, police said.

Patrick got to his home in the 9100 block of Chapel Valley Road around 1:20 a.m. April 30. His girlfriend told police Patrick smelled like alcohol and was covered in vomit, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The woman helped Patrick undress but then confronted him after she saw several “inappropriate text messages” from another woman on his phone, the warrant says.

They began to wrestle over the phone, and Patrick grabbed the woman’s throat and pushed her face into the bathroom faucet, police said. She suffered a cut on her lower lip during the incident.

Patrick recently wrapped his first season in Dallas as an assistant under Lindy Ruff. Prior to the Stars gig, Patrick had spent the majority of his professional career in Buffalo, playing with the Sabres from 1999-2004 before getting hired as as Ruff’s assistant in 2006.

  1. guitarisgood4u - May 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Hey, at least he didn’t knee Tyson Barrie.

    • ignath - May 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Yeah, that’d leave a real black mark on his reputation…

  2. missthemexpos - May 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Thought I clicked on Pro Football Talk by mistake with all these stories on assaulting women!

  3. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    My money is on Nill firing him, Ruff cant save him.

  4. muckleflugga - May 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    what the hell was patrick’s girlfriend digging into his phone for … can you imagine the hue and cry if james patrick had been invading her privacy

    what, a guy can’t come home stinking drunk at one in the morning and covered in puke anymore … nothing says love affair like crab-stuffed filet mignon with whiskey peppercorn sauce decorating the front of ones shirt

    bloody smartphones …

    look at the hurt and destruction caused by donald sterling’s high-priced gold-digging whore … taking a private phone conversation public … to tmz, the last bastion of reason and fertile ground for pulitzer winning journalism

    if anyone deserved a face wash it’s that pig

  5. purpleguy - May 7, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Lets count the transgressions here, whether charged or not: (1) assaulting a woman (no excuse whatsoever); (2) likely driving drunk; (3) infidelity; (4) inability to hold his alcohol; and (5) being stupid enough not to delete incriminating texts. I wouldn’t be surprised if he vomited on his black socks while wearing sandals.

  6. kicksave1980 - May 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Someone should advise James Patrick of the wonders of password lock.

  7. muckleflugga - May 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM


    there is no definitive evidence assault occurred …

    there is evidence parties were involved in a chicken-fight over a phone during which a cut-lip may have occurred

    if the alleged victim had her face jammed into a faucet during a knock-down drag-out brawl, i doubt damage would have been restricted to a cut lip … bruises tell much as they evolve, but one might expect bruising to gums and either chipped or broken teeth

    how is someone incapacitated by alcohol to the point where he’s vomitted, capable of dragging his girlfriend, presumably sober and able, to a sink where he can overwhelm her then slam her face into a faucet

    there is no evidence patrick drove himself home … had he done so, the arresting officers would surely have included dui in the charges

    the telling texts may have been delivered to patrick’s phone account while it was off, or while he was too drunk to notice

    isn’t james patrick a practising mormon …?

  8. zinger99 - May 7, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    If Patrick was that nasty on the ice maybe he wouldn’t have been traded from the Rangers to Hartford in 1993-94.Missed a Stanley Cup ring by thismuch!

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