Tina Paintsil, the sister of former Black Stars defender, John Paintsil, has denied reports that the footballer assaulted a police officer at the East Legon police station in Accra on Tuesday.
Paintsil, who reportedly hit the district commander of the station, DSP Emmanuel Basintale, has been charged with “stealing, causing harm, assault and offensive conduct on a police officer” and is set to face court today.
But his sister, Tina, told Accra 100.5 FM on Thursday that the footballer was innocent of the charges preferred against him.
She said Paintsil did not assault a police officer and that he was detained for failing to drive an alleged stolen car to the police station.
According to her, Paintsil went to the station with the documents of the alleged stolen car bearing his name and signature as owner of the car, while his wife, Richlove Paintsil, also reported to the station with a fake document on the car bearing the footballer’s forged signature.
She said the police officer interrogating the footballer said he should have reported to the station with the car, and that for not bringing the car, he would not be allowed to leave the station.
He said the police officer added that Paintsil should call someone to bring the car before he would be allowed to leave, but the footballer refused to do that.
“John handed over the document to the police officers and decided to leave and come back with the car the next day, but the officer held his shirt to prevent him from leaving. John only pulled himself free; he did not assault the officer, and he was detained by the police because he did not report to the station with the car,” she said.
Tina added that the car at the centre of the controversy belonged to her brother and that if anyone would be accused of stealing, it should be his wife.
“He bought it with his own money on his birthday and that is not the only car he has. He had a white Infinity; the wife hid the car and told the husband the car was missing. She only returned the car after John had reported the car missing. She sold the car later, after her husband had left the country,” she said.
This is not the first time the Paintsil has fallen foul of the law.
He was held in police custody in 2013 for assaulting his wife and beating a neighbour who tried to save the situation.
He was a member of Ghana's team to the World Cup in 2006 and 2010.