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Redskins WR Paul Richardson says police asked if he was in gang

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 4/24/2018 A.J. Perez
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The Virginia State Police are reviewing the allegations made by Washington Redskins wide receiver Paul Richardson in a pair of since-deleted tweets Tuesday, a department spokesperson told USA TODAY Sports. 

Richardson, a former Seattle Seahawks receiver who signed with the Redskins as a free agent last month, wrote on Twitter an officer asked if he “was in a gang” during the car stop in Loudoun County, the same county where the team is headquartered. 

Corinne N. Geller, a spokesperson for the Virginia State Police, told USA TODAY Sports in an email that no formal complaint had been filed, but the department is reviewing the matter. 

“Before asking my name he asked me if I was in a gang, then minutes later told me he thought I was a dealer (drugs),” Richardson wrote. “What a welcome to the east coast. Finished up with asking me how much car cost me.”

Geller confirmed that Richardson’s SUV was stopped on an exit ramp of a toll road at around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday “because the vehicle did not have license plates displayed as required by Virginia law” and that Richardson was cited. 

“Mr. Richardson's tweet was brought to our attention Tuesday afternoon,” Geller said. “While no formal complaint has been filed, the Department is reviewing the matter, to include the trooper's in-car camera footage of the traffic stop, to determine if the traffic stop was handled in accordance with state police policy.”

A Redskins spokesperson told USA TODAY Sports the team had no comment.

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