Marcell Dareus, a talented but troubled defensive tackle who played six seasons in Buffalo before being traded last year, is facing new legal issues. The lineman is now the subject of two separate lawsuits alleging that Dareus committed sexual assault, and one of those suits concerns a period of time while Dareus was still playing for the Buffalo Bills.
The first lawsuit alleges that Dareus had sex with a partner while she was unconscious after a date and exposed her to herpes in April of this year, while Dareus was with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The civil suit is seeking $15,000 in damages and a jury trial. The second suit dates back to an incident in January of 2017, when Dareus rented a mansion during the week of Alabama’s National Championship game. The suit states that Dareus groped a woman during a party he hosted, which she asked him to stop, and alleges that after the woman “blacked out” from intoxication she woke up later and “began to realize that there had been sexual acts upon her person.”
The second trial did not have criminal charges filed either, but it’s more potential trouble for Dareus, whose off-field incidents have derailed a career that had sky-high potential. In 2014, Dareus was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, and a month after that faced a court session after totaling his car while drag racing his teammate Jerry Hughes. In 2015 and in 2016, Dareus went through suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The incidents, along with his hefty contract and declining play, helped convince the team that trading him to the Jacksonville Jaguars was the move to make in 2017.