NFL star Steven Jackson accused in assault


St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson has been accused of assaulting his pregnant one-time girlfriend in his valley home in March, Las Vegas police confirmed Thursday.

Officer Barbara Morgan, a police spokeswoman, said Supriya Harris filled out a voluntary statement Wednesday accusing the National Football League star of assaulting her while she was nine months pregnant.

Jackson vehemently denied the accusation Thursday.

Morgan said Harris, 29, lives out of state and has to go through a police department in her home state that can verify her identity before an investigation is conducted.

"Once we get the police report, we will do an investigation," Morgan said.

As of Thursday afternoon, Morgan said, Las Vegas police had yet to receive the paperwork needed to start an investigation.

"We have her making an allegation; that's all we have right now."

The Las Vegas Review-Journal obtained a statement from Jackson via an e-mail sent by his publicist, Steve Caric.

"It's disheartening that I have to address any alleged allegations 10 months later, but I have read the accusations made by Supriya Harris, and they are untrue. The accusations are especially hurtful because those who truly know me know that those actions would be out of character for me. Miss Harris is the mother of my son, a son that I love and that I willingly support emotionally and financially. I will address this matter thoroughly through the appropriate avenues, but not through the media."

The celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.com posted the contents of Harris' statement on its Web site. According to Harris, she and Jackson on March 8 got into an argument that escalated when Harris gathered her clothes just in case she had to stay at a hotel for the night.

"Steven became enraged and pushed me to the ground," Harris wrote. "When I finally got to my feet, he forcibly grabbed my arm and flung me against the door," she wrote in the statement.

During the attack, Harris wrote, a door handle became lodged in her hip, which caused her to bleed "heavily."

Harris wrote that after the attack, Jackson immediately became remorseful, begging Harris not to leave him. She wrote that he told her he was excited to see the baby's face upon birth.

She also wrote that she went to a hospital in Henderson where she was seen immediately because she was 10 days away from giving birth. She wrote that she and Jackson went to the hospital together and discussed telling hospital officials that she fell in the shower.

Harris wrote that their son was born nine days later. She added that she left Jackson four months after the incident.

TMZ reported that Jackson and Harris have been arguing over child support payments.

ESPN.com published a statement by Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo that was released by the team. It read, "We are in the process of gathering information. We are always concerned with issues involving our players."

Jackson, who was born in Las Vegas and played football at Eldorado High School, ran for 1,416 yards this season for the Rams.

 

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