Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley is being accused of raping a 23-year-old woman.
The alleged assault is believed to have taken place in a Westin hotel in Cleveland the night of April 8, leading in to the morning of April 9. Conley’s attorney was quick to deny the allegations.
On Wednesday, Conley issued a statement through his lawyer that address the allegations directly.
According to Conley, the allegations are completely false.
Here is the statement from CB Gareon Conley's agent to me: pic.twitter.com/KQqw2iV2Gy
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 26, 2017
Conley was expected to be a first-round in the upcoming draft prior to the allegations came to light. With so much at stake for the young football player, these are delicate waters to navigate for all involved.
On the one hand, if Conley committed the crime he is being charged with, there’s obviously no room for him in the NFL. However, there is plenty precedent for false accusations being brought against talented players who are about to cash in big. With the draft only one day away, there will be no definitive answers before teams are faced with decision of whether or not to take the gamble in drafting Conley.
Will his draft stock plummet as a result of this? It’s happened before. We’ll find out tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET when the draft kicks off.
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