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North Carolina woman voluntarily dismissed a civil complaint against the Chicago Bears and Mario Edwards Jr.; Lawyer says she plans to refine it at a later date

According to Mecklenburg County Court records, the North Carolina woman who sued the Chicago Bears and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. last year voluntarily dismissed her complaint earlier this month.

On October 14, Joan Blakeney filed a civil complaint accusing Edwards of assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress and bear of negligent supervision and defamation related to a brawl at a Charlotte, NC, hotel on October 17, 2020 .

The Bears filed a motion to have their case dismissed, but Blackney withdrew his complaint before the team’s motion was heard in court this month. A Bears source said that the team did not attempt to settle with Blackney. Edwards also did not attempt to settle, according to his agent, Peter Schaefer.

Blackney also dismissed complaints against Bears security vice president John Tarpe and Stanford Hotel Corporation employees Paul Horner and Jeffrey A. Burton, court records show.

According to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office, criminal charges against both Edwards and Blackney from the October 2020 incident are still pending.

Blakney’s attorney, Arcangela Mazzariello, said in an email that she plans to re-file the civil complaint after her client is settled on the criminal charge. Mazzarillo said the criminal case is in court this week.

Edwards faces a criminal charge of misdemeanor abuse of a woman, but the summons is not served because he has not returned to North Carolina.

The incident dates back to the night the Bears played the Carolina Panthers in October 2020.

According to the suit, Blakeney said she had consensual oral sex with Edwards, but turned violent when he declined her request to have intercourse. Schaefer said last year that Edwards had engaged in consensual sexual activity with Blakeney and left when she became angry over a disagreement about the extent of their relationship.

Blakeney alleged in the complaint that shortly after the incident, Bears employees asked if she wanted or wanted money, brought Edwards to her despite her wishes, and falsely stated publicly that she was a prostitute.

A police report obtained by the Tribune listed Edwards and a 28-year-old woman as victims and said officers were responding to reports of “a woman hitting a man with her hand and scratching his forehead”. The report said that Blakeney went to the hospital for his injuries, which were listed as “bruises/scratches”. She said injuries in the suit included bruises and trauma to her vision and abdomen.

The NFL completed an investigation into the incident last summer and concluded that there was “insufficient evidence to support a finding that it violated the Personal Conduct Policy.”

Edwards is in the second year of a three-year, $11.66 million contract with the Bears.


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