As in most cases involving allegations of criminal misconduct, the defense lawyer has proclaimed his client’s innocence. Unlike most cases involving allegations of criminal misconduct, the defendant has now done so as well.
The declaration comes from former NFL defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield, who is accused of raping a “developmentally delayed” female in April 2015.
“I am here to state without any reservation that I am completely innocent of all these allegations,” Stubblefield said at a press conference on Tuesday, via the San Jose Mercury News. “I have worked my whole career to be a part of the Bay Area community. And I have worked in several communities and charities with the church. This is an issue that is very close to me. One of my primary charities is Special Olympics, something that is true and dear to my heart. This is why these allegations hurt me so badly.”
Stubblefield’s legal team also has disputed the suggestion that the alleged victim in the case is “developmentally delayed.”
“They described the alleged victim yesterday as disabled to sensationalize the case,” attorney Gary Winuk said.
The article from Robert Salonga, Tracey Kaplan, and Mark Gomez of the Mercury News includes some of the facts that will form the basis for the argument that the alleged victim is (and isn’t) “developmentally delayed.”
Defense lawyers provided reporters with materials showing the alleged victim’s social media profiles, her job history, and prior legal filings, in order to show that she had the capacity to consent to sexual activity with Stubblefield. His lawyers also provided the results of a lie-detector test and phone records revealing more than 20 text messages between Stubblefield and the alleged victim.
Per the article, “the materials show limited reading and language comprehension by whoever wrote them, but do not prove or disprove whether the author is mentally diminished.” By way of example, the article says that the alleged victim wrote this on her Sittercity profile: “I fuller feeling lose weight.”
Free on $250,000 bail, Stubblefield’s arraignment is set for June 3.
A former NFL defensive rookie of the year and NFL defensive player of the year, Stubblefield played for San Francisco, Washington, and Oakland.