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Perrish Cox acquitted of rape charges

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When the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on Thursday following a short trial with a fairly simple set of facts, the signs weren’t good for the prosecution.

And the jury confirmed those suspicions on Friday.  Per multiple reports, Cox has been acquitted.

The verdict comes notwithstanding evidence that:  (1) Cox denied having sex with the alleged victim; and (2) the DNA of a fetus growing in the alleged victim’s body matched Cox’s DNA.

It’s another example of the difference between factual and legal guilt.  Cox may have actually done it, but the jury may have decided that the prosecution failed to introduce proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

The next question is whether the alleged victim will sue him for assault.  In that case, the burden of proof will be much, much lower.  Cox won’t be able to avoid testifying if she sues.

So, even though he isn’t going to jail, another aspect of the legal system could still find that Cox violated the alleged victim’s rights.

A separate question is whether another NFL team will give Cox a chance.  Some may still shy away from him, despite the acquittal.

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78 Responses to “Perrish Cox acquitted of rape charges”
  1. bigbearincali says: Mar 2, 2012 1:30 PM

    Just cause he did it or at least had the intentions of doing it doesnt mean that there was proof to convict this loser!

    Mr Cox, Commissioner Goodell on line 1! Get ready to be suspended!

  2. vanmorrissey says: Mar 2, 2012 1:31 PM

    So ala Braun, not guilty through a technicality. Yeesh.

  3. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 2, 2012 1:32 PM

    If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.

  4. rip4gehrig says: Mar 2, 2012 1:32 PM

    Of course he was acquitted, you didnt reall expect a conviction did you?

  5. tdotbronco says: Mar 2, 2012 1:33 PM

    Wow… get me his lawyers number. Only in the US of A

  6. vuudu says: Mar 2, 2012 1:34 PM

    For lack of knowledge, man shall perish. Or is it spelt Perrish?

  7. sedcontra97 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:34 PM

    I bet the Raiders had contacted his agent before Cox left the courthouse.

  8. steelerdynasty2010 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:35 PM

    maybe the steelers will sign him!

    beat ya to it haters!

  9. rasalghoul says: Mar 2, 2012 1:35 PM

    Yeah our legal system is where the most “change” is needed. I’m waiting for the jurors to start saying “this was payback for “

  10. darthhitman77 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:35 PM

    Who do ya think he was on the phone with in the pic? “Hey Ben, wanna get some drinks?”

  11. cfmaguire9 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:37 PM

    Any one else notice how he’s on a cellphone and the sign in the background doesn’t allow cellphones in the courtroom.
    Guy just can’t follow the rules.

  12. haileli says: Mar 2, 2012 1:37 PM

    A civil trial seems inevitable, as does a settlement. I hope Cox set aside a few pennies. Teams may not want to give him a shot.

  13. daysend564 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:38 PM

    I did not have sexual relations with this woman. Of course, the fetus DNA matches mine but who are you going to believe? Me, the guy that plays for your football team and doesn’t want to go to jail or those anti-god sinister DNA scientists?

  14. totallyuselessme says: Mar 2, 2012 1:38 PM

    I wouldn’t call it a technicality. They didn’t have nearly enough evidence to convict him. They couldn’t show he did it.

    Innocent until proven guilty. Maybe he just had sex with her and didn’t wanna admit it. You don’t HAVE to assume the worst from everyone, you know.

    It’s entirely possible this was just a police department trying to make headlines and look like they were doing something special when it was a flimsy case that only got that far because of the high-profile NFL accusee – that’s certainly happened before.

    Now if it happens AGAIN, we have a clear case of the Roethlisbergers.

  15. rushmatic says: Mar 2, 2012 1:39 PM

    Man. Take some less-than-average-intelligence “college educated” jocks and give them money, fame and a lot of spare time.

  16. sledgehorn says: Mar 2, 2012 1:40 PM

    Didn’t the Redskins bring him in for a work out last last season? If they were interested while this was all going down, teams will definitely try him after this is over.

  17. Spencer says: Mar 2, 2012 1:40 PM

    He’s perfect for the Steelers. They’ve had plenty of practice as an organization at turning a blind eye to these things.

  18. brenenostler says: Mar 2, 2012 1:41 PM

    And didn’t the paternity test prove it was his child?

  19. whatnojets says: Mar 2, 2012 1:41 PM

    O.J. is flabbergasted!

  20. mactimo says: Mar 2, 2012 1:42 PM

    “Cox won’t be able to avoid testifying if she sues.” Umm, he still can plead the 5th on substantive issues, he was criminally charged with rape so he can’t be charged again. But he could be charged again on other, possibly lesser charges. So even in the civil case involving assault he could remain silent on most important questions. Idk, perhaps a lawyer on this site could clarify?

  21. granadafan says: Mar 2, 2012 1:43 PM

    More idiotic juries falling for defense lawyer tricks. I hope the victim sues the rapist Cox for everything.

  22. joetoronto says: Mar 2, 2012 1:44 PM

    You can rape and kill whomever you want nowadays.

    As long as you have a “good” lawyer, you’ll get off.

    All we have that’s worth a damn is the court of public opinion, where OJ, Cox, Casey Anthony and many others are guilty as can be.

  23. laseeno says: Mar 2, 2012 1:46 PM

    Why should the commissioner suspend someone who was acquitted? That’s BS.

  24. whynotusecommonsense says: Mar 2, 2012 1:47 PM

    Another example of a good defense lawyer and a crappy county prosecutor.

    Prosecution wasn’t able to prove that she was “unable to assess her own condition”, which is what the charge stated.

    The defense painted a picture of a party girl who, along with her friend who she allegedly had sex with that night too, had too much to drink and regretted the previous night’s events. Essentially, being drunk is not an excuse for your actions.

    In the end the charges weren’t about if sexual contact occured, they were about if she was willing or aware of what was happening. The two pieces of evidence you listed don’t really prove whether she was willing or aware of what happened.

    It will be interesting to see if this goes to a civil suit and the outcome.

  25. jjrs89 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:47 PM

    They had to acquit him after the defense claimed it wasnt rape it was “surprise sex”

  26. tmar1961 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:47 PM

    vanmorrissey says: Mar 2, 2012 1:31 PM

    So ala Braun, not guilty through a technicality. Yeesh.

    NOT a technicality, its by the rules set in place for determining guilt. If they (the prosecution) do not have to adhere to the rules, including winning or losing the case, whats the point of the rules in the first place. This is the big problem with “trial by media”.

  27. nice2meetumarco says: Mar 2, 2012 1:48 PM

    Big Ben must be so proud of his protege.

  28. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 2, 2012 1:49 PM

    Good for you Parish. Get some rest and get back to the rest of your life.

  29. ebeg420 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:49 PM

    Well, he does have the perfect name for the crime…..(not funny)…..WHAT A DISGRACE!!!!
    What is wrong with jurors these days?
    They need to start locking crooked/idiot jurors up next!!!
    Perrish Cox said he NEVER had sex with her but the DNA results had HIS DNA on the child? How do you NOT see that? If the law cannot get him, KARMA will!!!

  30. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 2, 2012 1:49 PM

    Or should we just call you Cox?

  31. 49erstim says: Mar 2, 2012 1:52 PM

    Wow. How do you mess this conviction up? Seemed pretty open and shut to me. so you can say that you’ve NEVER had sex with this chick, but tje fetus’s DNA matches yours and so you’re “innocent”? I continually lose faith in our justice system.

  32. goawayeverybody says: Mar 2, 2012 1:53 PM

    Welcome to the Cincinnati Bengals!

  33. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 2, 2012 1:53 PM

    I hate to say it. But, it was he-said she-said. No one knows what happened in that room that day. Yea there was intercourse but we don’t know if it was consensual.

    She said it herself. She thought he was Demaryius Thomas. Only after when she realized it wasn’t did she yell rape. So it wasn’t like she said “no” or “stop.”

    Before the two or three women on here take offense. What’s to stop a woman from having bad sex and then screaming rape afterward? Same scenario. There wasn’t any signs of force. We don’t know what happened in that room. We jump into conclusions waaay to quickly: The woman is always the victim up until the verdict comes in.

    As a matter of fact, he should sue her for costing him his job with the Broncos.

  34. sojumaster says: Mar 2, 2012 1:53 PM

    granadafan says:Mar 2, 2012 1:43 PM

    More idiotic juries falling for defense lawyer tricks. I hope the victim sues the rapist Cox for everything.

    ——————————————–

    As for idiotic, we do not know what the jury was allowed to hear and what they were allowed and not allowed to consider for evidence.

    As for the civil suit, I hope they take everything from him.

  35. ebeg420 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:54 PM

    And she was Demaryius Thomas’ girlfriend at the time…..
    Demaryius was there but fell asleep after seeing Cox pick her up and bring her to bed…….
    Why isn’t Demaryius Thomas in court for ASSAULT?????
    Such a good boyfriend he is…..
    What LOSERS!!!!!!!!

  36. cappa662 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:55 PM

    If Ryan Braun can get freed on a technicality, why can’t Perrish Cox.

  37. realitypolice says: Mar 2, 2012 1:56 PM

    Yes, it was bad that denied having sex with her to the police when it is quite obvious he did. But that fact alone doesn’t make you guilty of rape.

    The prosecution needed to prove that she either didn’t consent or was unconscious and couldn’t. How can a woman who admits remembering nothing about the events of the evening say beyond a reasonable doubt that there was no consent?

    For the record, I am NOT taking Cox’s side or saying he’s not guilty. I am simply saying that the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt is hard to meet when no one remembers what happened.

    He’s not out of the woods yet. Civil liability is much easier to establish and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he loses a huge lawsuit to this woman.

    Plus if the kid turns out to be his, he is obviously on the hook for support.

  38. whatnojets says: Mar 2, 2012 1:56 PM

    Scott Peterson is flabbergasted!

  39. mcjon22 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:56 PM

    He gots some O.J. And Casey Anthony in him

  40. db105 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:57 PM

    Most juries consist of people with very poor critical thinking skills. Very similar to what we have in here.

  41. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Mar 2, 2012 1:59 PM

    Very disappointing. I guess having sex with a woman who is unconcious and getting her pregnant just isn’t enough to be called a raspist these days. I wish I knew that in college. Duh! It is not like this guy is a star player or anything. What is wrong with those folks on the jury? Was he saying they had sex with Thomas’s girlfriend on another occassion and that is how she got pregnant? Otherwise, this makes no f%#king sense.

  42. philshady25 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:00 PM

    Perrish Cox… You are NOT the father

    #breakdance

  43. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 2, 2012 2:02 PM

    Spencer says:

    He’s perfect for the Steelers. They’ve had plenty of practice as an organization at turning a blind eye to these things.

    ———

    I’d really like to know which instances you are referring to? Seriously, list them out please.

    Other than Harrison can you even name one Steelers player who’s seen the inside of a jail cell? Don’t even think about saying Roethlisberger. cause he hasn’t.

  44. sasattack says: Mar 2, 2012 2:02 PM

    Americans r so dumbed down these days, it’s time for professional jurors!

  45. efriedo says: Mar 2, 2012 2:03 PM

    If Chubakka comes from the planet Endor, you must acquit!

  46. fringetastic says: Mar 2, 2012 2:04 PM

    Regarding him being on the phone, those signs are often outside the courtroom so you see them before you enter. Don’t know for sure where the picture was taken but I’d bet he was outside the courtroom (where the photographers were waiting).

    He’s still scum.

  47. djrando7 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:05 PM

    Look, I agree that people are upset. Comparing this to Casey Anthony or OJ Simpson is ridiculous to say the least.

    The woman that accused him had partied with them in the past. Who is to say that this woman didn’t sleep with him in the past, and was pregnant from that time? She called them to go out and party with her, and her friend. They all got wasted, and she blacked out.

    There is no evidence of rape. She didn’t file it until weeks later. Maybe she realized that he had some money, and decided that she wanted some of it. I am not saying Perrish Cox is is a stand up citizen, but the facts are not there to find him guilty.

    Either way, I think he is on the phone calling Demaryius Thomas, trying to find out where he is so he can have a little “TALK” with him about testifying against him….

  48. baron30 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:08 PM

    This result (albeit seemingly misguided) is as much an conviction for the plaintiff as it is an acquittal from Cox. I obviously that she was not a very “sympathetic victim.”

  49. Broncofanatic7 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:10 PM

    People before you say something get all the facts straight!
    I have been following along with this trial by following Denver sports radio host Darren McKee @Dmac1043 for the past few days.
    Demaryius has nothing to be guilty for. It was his girlfriend yes, they were fooling around, and she passed out.
    Cox then carried her to the bedroom and came back out. Him and DT watched TV.
    DT then falls asleep, wakes up and goes home.
    It was a crazy wild night gone wrong. These ladies were throwing themselves at them and there was girl on girl action (there were 2 girls with them that night)
    These are the suspiscions that led the Jury to question whether the victim was conscious or not. She also thought for the next week or two after that it was DT that had sex with her, and if so she wouldn’t have minded.
    She became pregnant, it was Cox’s child after DNA test, it was aborted.
    DT has NOTHING to be charged on.
    Whether you want to believe Cox is guilty or not is your own thing, but don’t question a man who isn’t on trial.

  50. whatnojets says: Mar 2, 2012 2:11 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Mar 2, 2012 1:56 PM

    Plus if the kid turns out to be his, he is obviously on the hook for support.

    ———————————————–

    “his DNA matched the DNA of the fetus that was growing in the uterus of the alleged victim.”

  51. franklamar17 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:11 PM

    Can a black man be found not guilty with out there being an nasty up roar about we need to change our system…can we just respect that he is not guilty..as a man,most men have been in that situation before with some one and both had been drinking and things happen,does not mean that you raped them…

  52. objectivenflfan says: Mar 2, 2012 2:12 PM

    I don’t even know what to say – you’d like to put your trust in the Judicial system, but I mean, I don’t know.

    I don’t deny Perrish Cox took advantage of her that night. What I believe looks bad on the alleged victim is her statement, “If it was Thomas then I wouldn’t have considered it rape.”

    (Demaryius Thomas – who by the way, had his name completely smeared by the media and painted as a bad guy, when cleary he didn’t do anything wrong, by telling Perrish no and leaving the apartment)

    She then went on to date another player on the team weeks after the incident, and before she told legal authorities.

    Cox, on the other hand, is very luck to have had Harvey as his lawyer.

  53. Broncofanatic7 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:12 PM

    @realitypolice
    Good take, the baby was aborted, but DNA proved it was Cox’s.
    However your take on the consent and consciousness is spot on. Everyone had been drinking and partying.

  54. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 2, 2012 2:15 PM

    cfmaguire9 says: Mar 2, 2012 1:37 PM

    “Any one else notice how he’s on a cellphone and the sign in the background doesn’t allow cellphones in the courtroom.
    Guy just can’t follow the rules.”

    Any one else notice how he’s on a cellphone OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM and the sign in the background doesn’t allow cellphones IN the courtroom.
    Some guys just can’t read.

  55. lombardihero says: Mar 2, 2012 2:18 PM

    WOW… You know I was always told the truth shall set you free in america it can also be used against you.

    What I do not understand is why he would tell the cops he never had sex with her if he had sexual relations with her prior. To me that seems odd that he would not remember if he pulled out or not and here she becomes prego with DNA that matches his.

    Sorry but if I am a juror I need to know why he would say this… If not I can not acquit a person unless him or others took the stand that can explain this to me.

  56. lombardihero says: Mar 2, 2012 2:21 PM

    I also agree Demaryius had nothing to do with this at all……………………..

  57. blackdonnelly says: Mar 2, 2012 2:24 PM

    Here in Denver, we thought the prosecution had this case nailed, but a jury thought otherwise. Oh well, I’m sure there’ll be a civil suit hauled out, kicked around and eventually settled out of court. Regardless, I don’t think Mr Cox will be able to find gainful employment for a while…..

  58. 6ball says: Mar 2, 2012 2:24 PM

    .

    @realiypolice

    “if the kid turns out to be his, he’s on the hook for child support ”

    _____________________________________

    @whatnojets

    “DNA tests confirm that it was his child ………

    __________________________________

    In other words, with our third world legal system, the dude has a 50-50 shot of walking free and clear.

    .

  59. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 2, 2012 2:24 PM

    Throw rocks and batteries at that pig if he ever shows up on a football field in your area.

  60. hatesycophants says: Mar 2, 2012 2:26 PM

    @mactimo,

    Nice post! The failed lawyer in question practically guaranteed a conviction just yesterday.

    Hey broncosfanatic, well if you’ve been following the trial on your local radio, that makes you a freaking expert. All other opinions should be ignored. Well done!

  61. vontazemebro says: Mar 2, 2012 2:28 PM

    20 years in the clink, or 20 years paying child support

  62. objectivenflfan says: Mar 2, 2012 2:29 PM

    And again – here’s another fact since I see a lot of people speculating about the baby and whether or not Cox will pay child support.

    The fetus was aborted, by her.

    There will be no baby.

    This is what’s wrong with the media, and well, stupid people. Instead of rabbling, read the entire story and use the facts as talking points instead of talking about inaccurate gossip.

  63. r0b1b0y says: Mar 2, 2012 2:29 PM

    ray lewis, rothlisberger et al are in the league so i see no reason why cox cannot return

  64. realitypolice says: Mar 2, 2012 2:35 PM

    whatnojets says:
    Mar 2, 2012 2:11 PM
    realitypolice says:
    Mar 2, 2012 1:56 PM

    Plus if the kid turns out to be his, he is obviously on the hook for support.

    ———————————————–

    “his DNA matched the DNA of the fetus that was growing in the uterus of the alleged victim.”
    ======================

    It’s a moot point, because apparently she had an abortion.

  65. pftfanatic says: Mar 2, 2012 2:38 PM

    sedcontra97 says:
    Mar 2, 2012 1:34 PM

    I bet the Raiders had contacted his agent before Cox left the courthouse.

    _____________________

    According to some numbers posted during last season, 20+ teams had more players arrested than the Raiders over the past 10 years. They were actually the lowest in the AFC West. But, hey, don’t the facts get in the way of your random thoughts.

  66. dolphindad says: Mar 2, 2012 2:40 PM

    wow, so now, not only is the presumption of innocence gone in this country, now even when you are acquitted you are presumed guilty.

    i guess its beyond fathomable that a woman would falsely accuse rape againt a weathly NFL player.

  67. asublimeday says: Mar 2, 2012 2:41 PM

    Either way, she’s getting a FAT child support check every month.

  68. ahs2 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:56 PM

    Textbook example of the difference between between “reasonable doubt” and “preponderance of evidence”…assuming he loses any civil trial

  69. teamgoku says: Mar 2, 2012 2:57 PM

    Learn to get facts people she didn’t keep the child, she said if it had been Thomas it wouldn’t have been rape, Thomas wasn’t her boyfriend and left the apt cause he wanted nothing to do with it, Cox is a piece of crap and I hope no team brings him in cause he deserves to be working at KFC for the rest of his life not the NFL

  70. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 2, 2012 3:27 PM

    Cox will offer a reward for apprehension of the real Rhesus Monkey who’s DNA matches the fetus.

  71. nflfollower says: Mar 2, 2012 3:27 PM

    The defense wants weak minded individuals on the jury, because they can make them doubt anything. I don’t know the details, so I’m not saying that’s what happened here, but we all know its happened enough in this country. We need reform of the jury selection process in this country. The defense and prosecution should have NO say, that way it is an UNBIASED reflection of the accused individuals peers.

  72. touchdownmypants says: Mar 2, 2012 3:29 PM

    Unless you live in Denver or read our local news, everyone in this case is at fault. The girl is known for her ability to sleep around. Everyone was drunk and not using common sense. Its unfortunate for all of them, but it’s a he said she said situation. Cox sucks though anyway, most news coverage he will ever get.

  73. advicesolid says: Mar 2, 2012 5:41 PM

    The defense claimed there was contamination in the DNA lab, which gave a false positive for Cox. Based on the testimony the jury apparently felt this was a credible argument.

    You can’t form opinions solely on what is listed on this site because 90% of the case is missing or has been misreported here.

  74. tatum064 says: Mar 2, 2012 7:46 PM

    pftfanatic says:
    Mar 2, 2012 2:38 PM
    sedcontra97 says:
    Mar 2, 2012 1:34 PM

    I bet the Raiders had contacted his agent before Cox left the courthouse.

    _____________________

    According to some numbers posted during last season, 20+ teams had more players arrested than the Raiders over the past 10 years. They were actually the lowest in the AFC West. But, hey, don’t the facts get in the way of your random thoughts.

    =======================

    After the Raiders signed twice arrested Brandon Underwood, you better believe they’ll be on the phone with Cox within days….

  75. tatum064 says: Mar 2, 2012 7:50 PM

    cfmaguire9 says:
    Mar 2, 2012 1:37 PM
    Any one else notice how he’s on a cellphone and the sign in the background doesn’t allow cellphones in the courtroom.
    Guy just can’t follow the rules.

    =======================

    Somethings are more important – that rule is during the court proceedings, and is enforced by the Judge. EVERYONE uses a cellphone between or after arraignment , during a break or recess. There are people to be contacted, arrangements to be made, etc. Courts are infamous for numerous delays and people have schedules and deadlines for news stories, events, etc.

    Or else, the deputy would confiscate them at the door.

  76. tatum064 says: Mar 2, 2012 7:52 PM

    bigbearincali says:
    Mar 2, 2012 1:30 PM
    Just cause he did it or at least had the intentions of doing it doesnt mean that there was proof to convict this loser!

    Mr Cox, Commissioner Goodell on line 1! Get ready to be suspended!

    ======================

    Basically, he violated the conduct clause. And without a clear guilty verdict, he’s ready to return back to action. (on the field that is)

  77. whatswiththehate says: Mar 2, 2012 8:48 PM

    So she couldn’t have gotten the baby inside of her via a one night incident, it has to be that he raped her.

    I guess, not getting that girl pregnant in the bathroom is what saved Ben.

    Oh, and by the way Mike, I find it quite interesting how u put such a cynical spin on almost every story involving a black player. Are we to automatically assume guilt or innocence depending on the player’s skin color in the NFL these days?

  78. lombardihero says: Mar 2, 2012 9:21 PM

    whats with the hate first of all read and learn before you post.

    Cox told Police he has never touched her he never took the stand to explain how his DNA could have got her Pregnant.

    You whatswiththehate you turn everything into race you have done this in other threads. you my friend are the raciest.

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