Former Washington Redskins quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault/domestic violence charges in Spokane, Wash., on Monday after he was arrested Sunday following an incident involving his wife, Danielle.

According to KHQ-TV, Rypien said in court that he and his wife were having an argument while he was driving and he hit her to remove her hands from his face so he could see the road.

Mark and Danielle Rypien issued a statement Monday, per KHQ, in which they said, “We want you to know that he did not commit any crime.” They added, “We will continue to cooperate with authorities to ensure that the truth of Mark’s innocence comes out.”

KHQ-TV’s video of Sunday’s arrest showed Rypien being handcuffed and placed in a police car after police responded to a Spokane intersection and found Rypien standing in a grassy area in front of a bank and his wife lying in the grass. Medical personnel evaluated Danielle Rypien for about five minutes, determining that she did not need treatment, and police then spent 45 minutes speaking separately with the couple before handcuffing Mark Rypien and taking him away. KHQ said Danielle Rypien was in tears as her husband was arrested, and she said Monday that she did not want a no-contact order to be issued against him.

Spokane County jail records show Mark Rypien was processed at 6:28 p.m. local time Sunday and spent the night in jail. In Washington, fourth-degree assault is a misdemeanor unless the person arrested has two or more domestic violence convictions within the previous 10 years. Rypien, who was released on his own recognizance Monday, is due back in court July 31.

In March 2018, Rypien told KHQ that he suffers from mental illness that he believes was caused by the hits he took during his 11-season NFL career. The station uncovered a police report from November 2017 that described an episode of domestic violence between Rypien and his wife, which the former quarterback blamed on new medication he was taking. Mark Rypien later told the Spokesman-Review that he got angry during an argument and “threw her on the bed a couple of times.” Danielle Rypien said it “was a fluke thing.”

The charges were dropped, and the case was dismissed.

“I suffer from a complex stew of mental health conditions,” Rypien said in 2018. “Dark places, depression, anxiety, addictions, poor choices, poor decisions, brought about by dozens of concussions and thousands of subconcussive injuries from playing this sport.”

Rypien said he tried to take his own life by swallowing a bottle of pills and washing them down with alcohol, only to be saved by his wife.

“If it wasn’t for my wife coming home and finding me on the floor, and shoving hydrogen peroxide down my throat, and charcoal, to throw up all these pills, I wouldn’t be here today,” he said.

Rypien told KHQ in 2018 that he had figured out his medication and, thanks to a team of mental and physical health specialists, had “stabilized” his life.

In their statement Monday, the Rypiens added, “Mark suffers from what we suspect is CTE and that does leave us with some challenging situations to navigate with the assistance of a team of fantastic professionals. This, however, was not one such situation and we are confident that in the coming weeks, clarity about this unfortunate situation will be provided.”

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