Charges are dropped against Ravens' Ryan

Ellicott City man settles in criminal, civil cases


August 16, 2002|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

The criminal and civil cases filed by an Ellicott City man who alleged that Ravens defensive line coach Rex Ryan beat him up will go away as part of a settlement between the two sides, lawyers said yesterday.

Attorneys for Ryan and Robert Wheatley confirmed yesterday that a misdemeanor assault charge filed against Ryan has already been dismissed in Howard District Court. A civil lawsuit alleging assault, battery and emotional distress - and seeking $3.6 million - will also be dismissed in Howard Circuit Court, the lawyers said.

Carey Deeley, who represents Ryan, and Clarke F. Ahlers, who represents Wheatley, would not elaborate on the terms of the settlement.

"We have resolved the case amicably. I'm not in a position to offer further comment," Deeley said.

Ahlers said the criminal case was dismissed under a provision in the law that allows for a "compromise."

"The Wheatleys are satisfied that Mr. Ryan settled the case to their complete satisfaction," he said.

Ryan, of the 2300 block of Ballard Way, was charged in early June after Wheatley alleged that the 39-year-old coach came to his house on Diversified Lane looking for a fight two days after their two young sons scuffled, according to court papers.

Wheatley told officers that Ryan punched him in the face - leaving him with a black eye, lumps on his head, blurred vision and mental confusion, according to the lawsuit.

Ryan left after Wheatley grabbed a rake, according to the lawsuit.

Ryan joined the Ravens in early 1999 after spending the 1998 season as defensive coordinator for the Oklahoma Sooners.

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