ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions Coach Matt Patricia said Thursday he was “falsely accused” in a 1996 sexual assault allegation that resurfaced this week, and indicated that the matter has not been an issue as he has climbed from job to job in the years since.

Patricia held a brief news conference one day after a Detroit News report that he and a friend were indicted 22 years ago by a Texas grand jury on one count each of aggravated sexual assault. They were accused of assaulting a woman on South Padre Island. The accuser did not testify and the case was dismissed.

“I was innocent then and I am innocent now,” Patricia said.

The Lions said Wednesday night that a pre-employment background check did not turn up the incident. The team said Patricia was 21 at the time and on spring break in Texas. The Lions said they were standing by Patricia.

An NFL spokesman said Thursday the league “will review the matter with the club to understand the allegations and what the club has learned.”

Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford, GM Bob Quinn and president Rod Wood were at Thursday’s news conference but did not speak.

“I’m here to defend my honor and clear my name. Twenty-two years ago I was falsely accused of something very serious,” Patricia said. “There were claims made about me that never happened. While I’m thankful on one level that the process worked and the case was dismissed, at the same time I was never given the opportunity to defend myself.”

Patricia took a few questions but did not provide details about the day in question.

“I was falsely accused of something that I did not do,” he said.

Patricia’s first NFL coaching job was as an assistant with the New England Patriots in 2004, and he remained with them through last season, when he was the defensive coordinator. He was hired by the Lions in February to replace Jim Caldwell.

Before joining the Patriots, Patricia worked as a graduate assistant in 1996 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his alma mater. That was before he spent two years working as an aeronautical engineer. Patricia was an assistant coach at Amherst and a graduate assistant at Syracuse before moving on to the NFL.

“I’ve interviewed for a lot of jobs,” Patricia said. “Interviewing for jobs in engineering right after the situation happened, it was never an issue, it never came up as anything because it was dismissed, and I was innocent, so it just has never been part of any process that I’ve been involved with.”

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick said the team wasn’t aware of the legal case and expressed support for Patricia.

“For 14 years in our organization, Matt conducted himself with great integrity and is known to be an outstanding coach, person and family man,” Belichick said in a statement. “We have always been confident in Matt’s character and recommended him highly to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions.”

GIANTS: Running back Paul Perkins was released with a non-football injury.

Perkins suffered a pectoral injury before the start of the team’s offseason conditioning program and subsequently underwent surgery.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning is listed as the star witness in a civil court case scheduled to begin next week in New Jersey that accuses the star quarterback of being involved in a scheme to fraudulently market and sell Giants helmets as his “game-used” memorabilia.

A last-minute settlement to avoid a trial exposing Manning to testifying on the witness stand remains a possibility.

The Giants and sports collectibles company Steiner Sports, which has long sold Manning’s game-used paraphernalia, also are listed as defendants in the 4-year-old memorabilia fraud lawsuit.

The Giants are accused of not doing anything when first told of fraudulent Manning memorabilia making its way to Steiner years ago. The witness list also includes Giants co-owner John Mara and Brandon Steiner, the CEO of Steiner Sports.

The lawsuit was filed in January 2014 by sports memorabilia entrepreneur Eric Inselberg, and has since been amended to include collectors Michael Jakab and Sean Godown.

RAIDERS: Oakland released quarterback Josh Johnson, who was signed this offseason to compete for a backup spot with EJ Manuel and Connor Cook behind starter Derek Carr.

CARDINALS: Arizona signed fullback Derrick Coleman to a one-year contract.

Coleman is the first deaf player on offense to play in the NFL and he has spent four seasons in the league.

TELEVISION: Three new voices will work ESPN’s Monday night games this NFL season: play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore, and analysts Jason Witten and Booger McFarland.

Tessitore replaces Sean McDonough, who will return to doing college football. With Jon Gruden back in coaching with the Raiders, Witten and McFarland move into the analysis roles.

Lisa Salters is the only holdover, returning for her seventh season as the sideline reporter.