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Thomas testimony triggers request for mistrial

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As expected, Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas is testifying in the rape case against former Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox.

And things got very interesting while Thomas was on the stand.  According to Gregory Nieto of FOX 31 in Denver, Cox’s lawyer requested a mistrial based on one of the answers given.

Thomas told the jury that, after Cox carried the alleged victim to his bedroom, Cox said to Thomas, “I think she’s ready.”  (The request for a mistrial was denied.)

Cox is accused of having sex with the alleged victim after she passed out in his apartment.  Making Thomas’ testimony more credible is the fact that it makes him look bad.  He previously told police that Cox suggested having sex with the alleged victim after she passed out.  And then Thomas fell asleep on the couch.

The fact that Thomas apparently knew that’s exactly what Cox intended to do — and that’s what Cox apparently (or at least allegedly) did — almost makes him look like an accomplice.

UPDATE 7:11 p.m. ET:  An account of the testimony more thorough that the Nieto tweet appears at the Denver Post website.  Thomas said he responded to Cox by saying, “Nah.  I don’t think so.”  Also, Cox’s lawyer requested a mistrial because the testimony was different from the information prosecutors provided before trial.

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46 Responses to “Thomas testimony triggers request for mistrial”
  1. kane337 says: Feb 29, 2012 3:02 PM

    Oh boy….

  2. trueski21 says: Feb 29, 2012 3:03 PM

    good thing this guy helped me win my fantasy league this year

  3. thraiderskin says: Feb 29, 2012 3:04 PM

    “It almost makes him look like an accomplice.”

    yes it does!

  4. nflovercollegefb says: Feb 29, 2012 3:07 PM

    I wonder what Tim Tebow thinks about this?seriously!

  5. hotlinernfl says: Feb 29, 2012 3:08 PM

    Classy!!!

  6. riderspantherssk says: Feb 29, 2012 3:10 PM

    Yikes.

  7. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Feb 29, 2012 3:11 PM

    I am having touble getting my head around exactly what you are saying here. I hope we are not getting the full story. Otherwise, Tebow is going to have to lay his hands on this scum bag and try to get him straight witht he power of JC. That is just sick. Apparently “girlfriend” means something entriely different when you are an NFL player. Wow, what the hell is going on here?

  8. benyamen says: Feb 29, 2012 3:11 PM

    The real question is will Tim Tebow still be willing to even look at this guy let alone throw the ball to him after this becomes public.

    Maybe his scumminess outweighed the Tebow effect in the Patriots game.

  9. bullogne says: Feb 29, 2012 3:11 PM

    Just when you thought McDaniels had one good draft pick…….

  10. ko5k says: Feb 29, 2012 3:14 PM

    Again, the victim was not Thomas’ girlfriend.

    And after Cox made that remark to Thomas, he responded by saying “Nah, I don’t think so”.

    But hey, don’t let facts get in the way of a good story, right?

  11. kd75 says: Feb 29, 2012 3:15 PM

    If that was my daughter, the courts couldn’t protect either one of them from me. There’s be two chaulk outlines in Denver right now.

  12. johnnyb216 says: Feb 29, 2012 3:15 PM

    Holy crap. I thought this Blogger only commented on the packer stock sale!

  13. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 29, 2012 3:16 PM

    Tebow would never do that.

  14. winkeroni says: Feb 29, 2012 3:16 PM

    Wasn’t Thomas supposed to be the good character WR in the draft?

  15. prosb4hos says: Feb 29, 2012 3:17 PM

    McDaniels “character” drafting, hahaha! He drafted some characters alright.

  16. 4t9er says: Feb 29, 2012 3:17 PM

    Disgusting…. I think both of them deserve to go to jail.

  17. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 29, 2012 3:21 PM

    Pathetic.

    Maybe the DA should file charges against both of them?

  18. sjraipe says: Feb 29, 2012 3:22 PM

    Low character…

  19. Lonely Libertarian says: Feb 29, 2012 3:24 PM

    Not sure who I think is worse in this one…

    Based on his own testimony Thomas should be banned for a year…

    Cox should be banned for life – the Broncos should have never even let him report to training camp – shame on them//

  20. jayman35 says: Feb 29, 2012 3:24 PM

    Uh..is Thomas testifying under a grant of immunity or some plea deal? Regardless of his legal responsibility it says a lot about a person’s character that he’d let another guy have sex with his girlfriend while she is passed out. Can’t even comprehend how that is somehow acceptable. He may be an incredible athlete and a hero in Denver, but in my book he is an awful human being.

  21. jenniferxxx says: Feb 29, 2012 3:24 PM

    How did Ben Roethlisberger miss out on all this action?

  22. lombardihero says: Feb 29, 2012 3:28 PM

    Why would it be a mistrial lock both sickos up.. Who sits by and watches a friend take there girlfriend into a bedroom when shes passed out and rape her while you lounge out on the couch…

    Thomas treated this girl like a piece of meat and should be found just as guilty for allowing anything like this to happen while she was under his protection.

  23. ko5k says: Feb 29, 2012 3:29 PM

    Cox meant he thought she was ready for Thomas.

    Not for himself like this article implies.

    Thomas then left the apartment before anything happened.

    Do you really think he thought his friend (who had a girlfriend) would then proceed to rape a passed out women in his apartment?

    Thomas didn’t do anything wrong no matter how this article tries to spin it.

  24. 6ball says: Feb 29, 2012 3:32 PM

    .

    Didn’t either of these guys have sisters ?…..or mothers ?

    .

  25. lombardihero says: Feb 29, 2012 3:42 PM

    Well you would be correct sort of… Why is he leaving his girlfriend at his friends house and not staying with her?

    Yes he did do something wrong as the result of her being raped in which he left his girlfriend there when she most likely came there with him?

    Did she come there to his friends with him? Has she ever stayed at this friends house prior?

    Someone that knows this please fill us in on these details.
    Thanks.

  26. davefox11 says: Feb 29, 2012 3:48 PM

    D Thomas you dumbass, you call him a bad boyfriend, i would say more like terrible human being for letting that happen,………..idiot !

  27. armoderate says: Feb 29, 2012 3:50 PM

    I’m a Denver fan and I’m expecting that the priority for a wide receiver will have jumped up on our draft board. Plain and simple, if Cox goes down, at the minimum, Thomas is suspended for a significant amount of time and may actually be convicted of covering up a crime. However, wth his candor, Thomas must have made a dea with the DAl so that he wouldn’t be charged.

  28. jm91rs says: Feb 29, 2012 3:55 PM

    I’ve seen several posts that they were not dating and the victim even said so. That changes the story a lot, so if it’s not true the only reason to continually mention an untrue fact is to create more controversy. Not saying this site is above that, but I find it pretty reprehensible.

    If the facts show differently than stated in your two articles, I’d expect a retraction. Fine line between getting facts for your story and throwing every rumor at the wall hoping it sticks

  29. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 29, 2012 4:04 PM

    Don’t you guys read the bible? Tim Tebow will always forgive.

  30. dominicthedonkey says: Feb 29, 2012 4:08 PM

    Why does everybody bring up Teebags (that would be Tebow) name in their comments. He had nothing to do with this… So please stop comparing everyone to him. Granted this was a sick and disgusting act but if anyone would like to know, most people I played football with acted the same way when it came to getting their rocks off. I’m surprised she wasn’t gang raped. I would constantly hearing stories like this on the lockeroom or on the bus. This is the kind of people who pay the game. They are barbaric and animalistic. Does anyone remember the White House in Dallas. Need I say more? One more thing on Teebag… It will come out that he is a farce and fake. You heard it here first.

  31. almighty1 says: Feb 29, 2012 4:14 PM

    Um…stay classy? Has then been said yet? Was I the first?

    For some reason I get the feeling that “dating” is a very large assumption in this story. I’m kinda thinking like he &$^%^$ her every so often and since you can’t say that….”they’re dating.” Still a bunch of sick losers though.

  32. advicesolid says: Feb 29, 2012 4:16 PM

    Maybe they will finally let me post a comment.

    1. Thomas was not her boyfriend; he met her that night.

    2. The comment about the alleged victim being “ready” was directed at Thomas to which he replied, “Nah, I don’t think so.”

    3. Thomas did not have reason to believe the girl would be assaulted since Cox’s girlfriend was still in the apartment. She was also drunk and passed out and vomiting throughout the night.

  33. acanniv says: Feb 29, 2012 4:16 PM

    From Denver post commentor:

    I left the courtroom before Thomas took the stand. But, this situation is a bit more complicated than what has reported in the press. Two women, the victim and her friend Ms. Che, went to a club the evening of September 6, 2010, to hook up with Thomas and Cox. Before the women got to the club they stopped at a friend’s house and had a drink. They arrived at the club, had a couple of drinks, and hook up with the two Broncos about forty minutes after arriving @ the club. The two women admitted on the stand this morning that they intended to “get drunk”. That was their game plan for the evening.

    Based on the testimony of the victim and Ms. Che, they were not sure how many drinks they had during a three hour period. They both claim they were “drugged” before leaving the club because they have no recollection of leaving, or arriving at Cox’s apartment in Lone Tree. Evidently, Cox drove them to his apartment, and their car was left at the club. The testimony of the victim and Ms. Che was confusing as to exactly what happened the evening of the 6th. Che slept in Perrish Cox’s bed while the victim slept on an air mattress in the living room. (Seemed strange because she spent the night once before @ Cox’s apartment, and slept on the couch). Thomas left the apartment before the alleged assault took place. So, he couldn’t fill in the details.

    This is what I heard during the testimony of the victim and Ms. Che – the two women are “roamers”, whatever that means. Secondly, they both knew Thomas and Cox quite well. They went out with the two men several times prior to this evening. Thirdly, the two women had no transportation home from Cox’s apartment, and didn’t ask him for a lift.

    The two women were absolutely pathetic witnesses for the prosecution. Che got up on the stand and said that her friend, the victim, is obnoxious most of the time. That they frequently out to the clubs with the intention of getting “drunk”, not intoxicated. Che made a few comments about her friend that were unflattering. The comments were volunteered, not solicited.

  34. gunpowderjones says: Feb 29, 2012 4:26 PM

    “If it were my (relation to the victim), (the perpetrator) would have nothing protecting them from me!”

    - Everybody ever who reads about crime on the internet

  35. hooterdawg says: Feb 29, 2012 4:27 PM

    “Apparently “girlfriend” means something entriely different when you are an NFL player.”

    Or maybe the gal was a known golddigger who slept around.

  36. fatassass says: Feb 29, 2012 4:33 PM

    Denver Broncos must be real proud. Classy. Couldnt Clarence Kay keep an eye on these guys?

  37. infectorman says: Feb 29, 2012 4:49 PM

    jenniferxxx says: Feb 29, 2012 3:24 PM

    How did Ben Roethlisberger miss out on all this action?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Not a Steeler fan at all, but Jennifer, you set up a screen name like “jenniferxxx” on a Pro Football site, then post comments on a story about rape, general debauchery and the NFL and then take shots a QB that was neither tried or convicted for the criminal offense of rape?

    Your Screen name references one the most dirty, evil industries known to humanity that exploits young women, men and children and YOU”RE taking shots? Contradict much?
    It ain’t working from this point of view, just sayin’

  38. flaccobouncepass says: Feb 29, 2012 4:57 PM

    Thomas F*%$#ing didn’t start with the Steeler playoff game it seems?????

  39. fast16racer says: Feb 29, 2012 5:00 PM

    The way you tell the story is very different from how it comes across in the Denver Post.

    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20070431

    You are smearing Demaryius Thomas’ name.

    When the victim passed out, Thomas left. He told Cox “Nah, I don’t think so” when Cox told him she was ready for him (Thomas). He left her at Cox’s apartment with Cox and his girlfriend, never thinking a rape would occur.

  40. hutch119 says: Feb 29, 2012 5:04 PM

    This is just pathetic, I can understand your lame sourceless speculation but with a story like this you HAVE to get ALL the facts straight and present all the facts.

  41. ead1 says: Feb 29, 2012 5:08 PM

    infectorman: “Your Screen name references one the most dirty, evil industries known to humanity”

    She’s a politician?

  42. rubbernilly says: Feb 29, 2012 5:14 PM

    @thankheavenfornumberseven:

    I don’t think that was acanniv’s point. I think the point was that the article very nearly crucifies Thomas for his role in this, and if you read the account acanniv posted, it shouldn’t.

    It doesn’t sound like Thomas was dating the victim.
    It sounds like the victim had stayed the night previous at Cox’s apartment, so there would be no second thought to her staying there again.
    And Thomas left the apartment before anything happened.

    If true, that’s far less culpability than the PFT article leads one to believe.

    I am still troubled by the “She’s ready” comment, and for that I reserve the right to call Thomas down for not being more proactively protective of a passed-out-woman in that situation… but the rest of what people are holding him responsible for doesn’t seem to match the facts of the case.

  43. lunchbox92 says: Feb 29, 2012 5:25 PM

    Some have said, but might as well say it again. Thomas does not look like an accomplice. This article does not come close to accurately portraying what Thomas testified. He said he was told “I think she’s ready” by Cox, meaning for Thomas. His reply, which he testified to, per the Denver Post, and which was, oddly enough, not included in this article was, “Nahh, I don’t think so.” He then left and had no reason to think the woman was in danger of anything from Cox because her friend was there and her friend was Cox’s girlfriend at the time.

    He was not an accomplice. This article is pretty bad reporting, and pretty sad.

  44. Broncofanatic7 says: Feb 29, 2012 5:49 PM

    This report doesn’t have all the facts. If you really want all the facts then ask Denver Radio host Darren McKee, @Dmac1043.
    Demaryius was making out with a girl and fooling around, when she passed out he stopped. He fell asleep and Perrish Cox is the one that had sex with this girl.
    I wish reporters would get all the facts before they report something.

  45. realfootballfan says: Feb 29, 2012 7:14 PM

    acanniv says:

    From Denver post commentor:

    I left the courtroom before Thomas took the stand. But, this situation is a bit more complicated than what has reported in the press. Two women, the victim and her friend Ms. Che, went to a club the evening of September 6, 2010, to hook up with Thomas and Cox. Before the women got to the club they stopped at a friend’s house and had a drink. They arrived at the club, had a couple of drinks, and hook up with the two Broncos about forty minutes after arriving @ the club. The two women admitted on the stand this morning that they intended to “get drunk”. That was their game plan for the evening.

    Based on the testimony of the victim and Ms. Che, they were not sure how many drinks they had during a three hour period. They both claim they were “drugged” before leaving the club because they have no recollection of leaving, or arriving at Cox’s apartment in Lone Tree. Evidently, Cox drove them to his apartment, and their car was left at the club. The testimony of the victim and Ms. Che was confusing as to exactly what happened the evening of the 6th. Che slept in Perrish Cox’s bed while the victim slept on an air mattress in the living room. (Seemed strange because she spent the night once before @ Cox’s apartment, and slept on the couch). Thomas left the apartment before the alleged assault took place. So, he couldn’t fill in the details.

    This is what I heard during the testimony of the victim and Ms. Che – the two women are “roamers”, whatever that means. Secondly, they both knew Thomas and Cox quite well. They went out with the two men several times prior to this evening. Thirdly, the two women had no transportation home from Cox’s apartment, and didn’t ask him for a lift.

    The two women were absolutely pathetic witnesses for the prosecution. Che got up on the stand and said that her friend, the victim, is obnoxious most of the time. That they frequently out to the clubs with the intention of getting “drunk”, not intoxicated. Che made a few comments about her friend that were unflattering. The comments were volunteered, not solicited.

    ——–

    Like I said in the previous post on this subject, this is the classic example of the entertainment/sports world and the groupies who follow them.

    It’s an insult to women who have actually been assaulted.

    Hey, but you Romeos keep carrying the flag for a woman who’s got rape confused with waking up with some guy’s junk in her mouth and having regrets about it because she couldn’t remember the way it got there.

    I’ll reserve my outrage for actual rape victims and hope the justice system hasn’t become more of a joke than it already is because there shouldn’t just be a mistrial, this case should have never gotten prosecuted.

  46. truthserum4u says: Mar 1, 2012 3:08 AM

    @ realfootballfan

    I will admit before this post, and the subsequent links and suggestions to other sites, I knew nothing of the facts in this case. However, your comments imply that groupies, or even women of questionable moral values, don’t have the same rights as every other woman. To disregard them as possible victims would open loose women to becoming easy prey for rapists.

    In this case, Thomas testified the alleged victim was passed out before anything took place. Seems it would be quite difficult for a passed out female to consent to anything. Being passed out also makes it far more difficult to be a case of regrets and would explain why she was unable to remember the way his junk got to where it did.

    But you keep carying the flag for guys who rape promiscuous women and then pass it off that the woman is just regretful.

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