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Domestic violence charge on ex-Tide RB Trent Richardson has been dropped

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He has dogged a major bullet.

Per a report from’s Carol Robinson on Thursday, a third-degree domestic violence charge on former Alabama running back and NFL free agent Trent Richardson has been dropped. Richardson’s ex-girlfriend, Sevina Fatu, was supposed to have been present during a hearing at Hoover Municipal Court on Wednesday, but only Richardson and his legal team of Eric Guster and Stephen Shaw appeared. Fauta, the mother of Richardson’s four children, stated that she had suffered scratches and bruising to her face back on Feb 18., the day she reported Richardson for domestic violence at the Hyatt Place Hotel on John Hawkins Parkway.

In the article from, a witnessed testified that Richardson was not the aggressor.

With Fauta a no-show and her attempt to harm him in Florida back in March, the court in question decided to drop all charges. Richardson, 26, has had a tough career in the National Football League, despite being selected third overall to the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 draft. He’s now a free agent after being on four different teams, and after talking with his trainer and former Alabama teammate Mike McCoy, he “hopes to see Richardson on a team by the fall.”

Before going to the NFL, Richardson turned in a success career with the Crimson Tide.

He totaled 3,130 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns, including a school single-season record of 1,679 yards rushing and 21 scores on 283 carries during the 2011 season. Richardson would go on to win the Doak Walker Award, Southeastern Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous All-American selection.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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