Law firm for Jets’ Dennis Thurman proclaims innocence in assault case

Dennis Thurman
Dennis Thurman has been accused in an assault.
Credit: Getty Images

Dennis Thurman is innocent of hitting a woman in a Morristown, New Jersey bar last month, according to a report compiled by a law firm hired by the Jets defensive coordinator.

Not surprisingly, the law firm defending the coach found him at no fault and slammed the accuser’s past, which includes what they call “a criminal history.”

In a report released early Thursday afternoon entitled “Investigation Finds Allegations Against Coach Thurman ‘Completely Baseless,’” McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen & Carvelli, P.C. cleared him of hitting a woman in a bar last month.

A police report was filed by the woman, Jessie Steinberg, who alleges Thurman flirted with her at a bar called Pazzo Pazzo and when she showed no interest in his advances, “out of nowhere, Thurman slapped her across the face.”

The report claims that after a thorough review of the alleged incident, including talking with witnesses and reviewing security camera tape, all evidence confirms Thurman’s point “that the incident did not happen.”

“I’m comfortable with it; I’m happy with it,” Thurman said of the firm’s report Thursday at minicamp. “So it speaks for itself.”

In the release, attorney Patricia Prezioso said:

“Mr. Thurman was shocked by this allegation and unequivocally denies it. Thankfully several people came forward to provide information confirming its falsity. One of the witnesses specifically told us that he observed Mr. Thurman at the time the photos were taken, and that Mr. Thurman was merely waving his hand as in a dismissive gesture while he stood well beyond his reach from the women and never slapped anyone.”

The report also said the accuser, Steinberg, is currently on one-year probation for a previous incident where she filed a fictitious police report.

Thurman joined the Jets in 2009, coming along with head coach Rex Ryan, who he had worked with in Baltimore since 2002. Thurman was defensive backs coach until last season, when he took over as defensive coordinator.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Woman dies when run over by bus at…

A woman at the Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants.

National

Texas parents sue day care center for duct…

By Marice RichterDALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million…

National

Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalize marijuana

By Joseph KolbALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the…

International

Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al…

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

The Word

The Word: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally…

Well, everybody, it finally happened. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie went and got themselves hitched — according to noted scandal sheet the Associated Press —…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

NFL

Giants vs. Patriots: 3 things to watch

The Giants wrap up their extended preseason campaign Thursday night by playing host to the Patriots.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…