National Football League draft prospect Gareon Conley accused of rape; no charges filed


The cornerback's attorney, Kevin Spellacy, told WOIO-TV in Cleveland described the allegations as "ludicrous and ridiculous".

One of Conley's friends, who remained anonymous, told authorities that the football star and the woman were lying on the bed together but that "nothing happened", as reported by TMZ.

Per, no warrant has been issued regarding the matter as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Conley was scheduled to attend the draft in Philadelphia this week, but reports yesterday said he decided not to come to the city after the rape accusation became public.

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Now with Gareon Conley, the CB draft class is not as strong as it once was. The Jets draft sixth overall, while the Eagles pick 14th.

The woman said Conley wouldn't take his sunglasses off and had an Ohio State tattoo on his left forearm.

Earlier this month, Ed Valentine of Big Blue View wrote he believed cornerback was a "medium to low" priority for the Giants in the upcoming draft because of who is already in the team's secondary, while at the same time expressing his belief that "NFL defenses can never have enough quality cornerbacks". Both the Jets and Eagles hosted Conley on a pre-draft visit, which underscores their interest in perhaps drafting him. "An NFL team can not draft a player who is in the middle of a rape investigation, unless the NFL knows what has not been reported yet, which is possible".

The Eagles, like every team, go over countless scenarios in preparation for the draft and they will still be ready to make their pick at No. 14. It is fairly similar to the La'el Collins case in 2015, when Collins went undrafted after being interviewed in the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

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Conley has not been charged with a crime at this point. Thomas said they had never met before that night and only knew about Conley's stature as a high-profile athlete last week.

"There was no sexual assault", he said. If he is convinced of his innocence, though, Conley and his attorney ought to change that approach and submit to an interview right away.

"These allegations appear to be an attempt to ruin this once in a lifetime experience for me and my family", Conley said. That's simply not enough time, even for somebody who could be an All-Pro in the near future. Barring a significant change in the story that involves Conley being cleared of all wrongdoing, the Giants can not take a chance on him this week.

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