MLS prob­ing re­port of Pappa stab­bing

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Daniel Boni­face

Ma­jor League Soc­cer is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a re­port that Marco Pappa, the Rapids’ re­cently ac­quired mid­fielder, was al­legedly stabbed in the ab­domen and found in an apart­ment with a beauty pageant queen.

“The Rapids have no­ti­fied Ma­jor League Soc­cer and we are look­ing into the mat­ter,” Dan Courte­manche, MLS ex­ec­u­tive VP of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, told The Den­ver Post in an e- mail.

When asked about the re­port, the Rapids is­sued this state­ment:

“We are aware of the sit­u­a­tion and have no­ti­fied Ma­jor League Soc­cer. We have spo­ken with the player and will co­op­er­ate with the league on their eval­u­a­tion of this mat­ter. At this timewe will have no fur­ther com­ment.”

King 5, a Seat­tle TV sta­tion, re­ported that Miss Wash­ing­ton USA Stormy Kef­feler and a blood- cov­ered Pappa were found last month in an apart­ment in Seat­tle’s South Lake Union neigh­bor­hood. Pappa was rushed to a hos­pi­tal, where he un­der­went surgery.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Kef­feler and Pappa changed their ac­counts of what hap­pened. No ar­rests have been made and the case re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Den­ver Post was un­able to in­de­pen­dently con­firm the King 5 re­port.

When asked if Pappa’s in­juries would pre­vent him from join­ing their team at the be­gin­ning of the pre­sea­son, the Rapids de­clined to give out fur­ther de­tails.

Pappa, 28, was ac­quired last month by the Rapids in a deal that sent al­lo­ca­tion money to Seat­tle.

The for­mer Sounders mid­field­er­was ar­rested last July for DUI and speed­ing, and missed a month of ac­tion while un­der­go­ing an as­sess­ment by the MLS Sub­stance Abuse and Be­hav­ioral Health Pro­gram.

Em­manuel Ap­piah, a 5- foot- 9, 160- pound de­fen­sive mid­fielder from Cincin­nati, was drafted Thurs­day by the Rapids with the No. 15 pick. Cour­tesy of Univer­sity of Cincin­nati

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