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Marco Pappa stabbing incident happened after trade

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Former Sounders midfielder was stabbed and hospitalized after incident involving former Miss Washington USA.

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Details are slowly starting to emerge about a December incident that left Marco Pappa hospitalized with a stab wound and Miss Washington USA having to forfeit her crown.

Although the timeline of when exactly the stabbing occurred is not entirely clear, sources with knowledge of the situation have told Sounder at Heart that it happened after Pappa had been traded to the Colorado Rapids. This is a particularly relevant piece of information, as it would mean this situation was not connected to the decision to trade Pappa and, perhaps more importantly, would clear the Sounders of any potential coverup.

The Rapids released this statement to ABC News: "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 time we will have no further comment."

A separate Seattle Times report was able to confirm through police sources that Stormy Keffeler was present at Pappa's apartment when he was stabbed, although they have not yet determined whether or not she was directly involved. The now-former Miss Washington USA has not been charged with any crime, but the investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

Keffeler recently resigned her crown as Miss Washington USA after it was revealed she had a previously undisclosed DUI.