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Report: Gareon Conley won’t attend draft

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Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley was among the players the NFL announced as draft attendees this year, but a report that he’s named in a police report regarding an allegation of sexual assault appears to have changed his plans.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Conley will not be in Philadelphia for this week’s event.

Conley has been widely projected to be a first-round pick over the last couple of months, but the allegation reported by TMZ is likely to have an impact on where he winds up going. Conley’s lawyer has called the allegations “ludicrous and ridiculous” and Conley has not been charged with any crime, but there’s a recent example that doesn’t bode well for Conley.

Offensive lineman La’El Collins was expected to be a high pick a couple of years ago, but went undrafted after he was not cleared of involvement in the murder of an ex-girlfriend. Collins signed with the Cowboys after eventually being cleared.

Conley could be cleared of any wrongdoing between now and Thursday, but anything short of that could lead to a drop that Conley apparently wants to avoid reacting to in front of cameras.

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  1. arzcardinals says: Apr 25, 2017 3:04 PM

    Hello 7th Round
    That 4some is gonna cost you big money.

  2. guyljr says: Apr 25, 2017 3:05 PM

    If she is a “gold-digger” she isn’t a very bright one.

  3. elyasm says: Apr 25, 2017 3:05 PM

    There’s a pretty big difference between a sexual assault that may or may not have occurred and a murder which, thanks to the existence of a corpus delicti, most certainly did occur.

  4. 12444uggg says: Apr 25, 2017 3:08 PM

    Firstly, you have to take the accuser seriously, but the flip side is that if there was ever a time to get back at a draft prospect, now’s the time..

  5. highsodium says: Apr 25, 2017 3:09 PM

    He’s flying to Dallas instead, as he’ll be a Cowboy by the weekend.

  6. southernplayalisticadillacmuzik says: Apr 25, 2017 3:11 PM

    Am I the only one that finds it kind of troubling that these sort of allegations can have such a huge impact on this whole draft process? Just seems crazy that a woman can make a claim, even if it’s totally false, and all the sudden it drastically changes things.

  7. gbrim20 says: Apr 25, 2017 3:13 PM

    “Oh yeah, I forgot we scheduled that orgy for Thursday night. Yeah man, I was going to go to the draft but I can skip it. Sure, we can pick up some random strangers this time too.”

  8. honalulublue says: Apr 25, 2017 3:21 PM

    If it’s a false accusation, is 10 years in the Ohio state penitentiary unreasonable?

  9. dickshotdogs says: Apr 25, 2017 3:22 PM

    Voyeurism is disturbing, too.

  10. honalulublue says: Apr 25, 2017 3:23 PM

    If these gold diggers had a brain, they’d keep their mouths shut until after their target signed a contract.

  11. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 25, 2017 3:26 PM

    Potential flipside to all of this, the dude might be really smart with having the foursome and this allegation breaking now just so he doesn’t have to go to Philadelphia. What a town. When I think of Philly I think of a worst version of Detroit.

  12. cadreamer1969 says: Apr 25, 2017 3:26 PM

    If her rape kit has his DNA, good luck. His lawyer and his so-called friends hung him out to dry. They can’t come back now and say it was consensual.

  13. kcflake says: Apr 25, 2017 3:33 PM

    If I were an agent with a probably 1st round player, I would lock them in a panic room somewhere for the week before the draft. How many of these kids have to do dumb things before future draftees get the message.

  14. dryzzt23 says: Apr 25, 2017 3:41 PM

    His agent/attorney is terrible! Always advise your client to sequester himself away from “friends” or anyone who could cause him to get into trouble before the draft and before he signs his contract.

    I’m a Buckeye fan but this was extremely stupid of Conley if this is true.

    NEVER, EVER put yourself in a compromising position, don’t allow friends or women to take advantage.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 25, 2017 3:42 PM

    This is what happens when you enable athletes all through high school and college so they don’t actually have to learn logical thinking.

    Instead of being smart enough to recognize a bad situation before he ever got into it, he will lose millions as a result.

  16. tylawspick6 says: Apr 25, 2017 3:43 PM

    Ravens, Bengals, Cowboys, Steelers or Jets will pick him….Rape, abuse and violence is supported and promoted by these franchises.

  17. sjoyner59 says: Apr 25, 2017 3:46 PM

    Guilty or not he just cost himself millions !

  18. winningisabrees says: Apr 25, 2017 3:51 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted

  19. omegalh says: Apr 25, 2017 3:52 PM

    Remember the old days of “innocent until proven guilty”?

  20. leef2020 says: Apr 25, 2017 3:52 PM

    Let’s assume for a moment that he didn’t actually assault her and she’s in it for the cash or revenge.

    I think NFL GMs still are left with a case of very ‘poor judgement’ for this guy, and would have to think seriously about what kind of team mate and character he’s bringing to the team.

    What’s he going to be like on a road trip? ‘Party Time’

  21. weepingjebus says: Apr 25, 2017 3:53 PM

    Get that Jose Baez attorney involved; he can convince a Florida jury that the accuser is really a 58 year old man, and that the Westin hotel in Cleveland does not actually exist.

  22. logast says: Apr 25, 2017 3:54 PM

    When an attorney speaks, be skeptical.

  23. raiddawgz says: Apr 25, 2017 3:56 PM

    Not sure why they dont disclose the females name if they can disclose his? This smells fishy…litteraly!

  24. hendawg21 says: Apr 25, 2017 4:00 PM

    Let me guess, she was under the influence of something and didn’t realize what was going on, and when she got her senses back together…well she really meant “NO”? C’mon man, these dudes need to smarten up…you can’t leave yourself out there like that, for every woman who really means “YES” there’s that one who wants to party with the big dogs, talks ish with the big dogs, and agrees to some of these acts only to realize after the fact…whoa that was the alcohol/drugs or whatever talking…

  25. jgedgar70 says: Apr 25, 2017 4:13 PM

    Her story has holes in it. Who gets on an elevator and hears someone say, “You want to come to my room and have a foursome?” and says anything other than “HELL NO!”? She said no, but was willing to watch? And she thought that would convince the other 3 participants to leave her alone? Or did she recognize him as a future NFL player, an opportunity for an easy payday? Too many unanswered questions to dismiss him as 100% guilty and no longer deserving of a big NFL contract.

    But for his part, this thought should have entered his mind at some point: “I’m going to get drafted in 3 days, and I’ll already know what my salary will be based on where I’m drafted. Maybe I shouldn’t try to have an orgy with strangers right now.”

  26. kingokra says: Apr 25, 2017 4:16 PM

    He won’t be able to participate in the draft hoopla, but he can watch. How ironic.

  27. 6thsense10 says: Apr 25, 2017 4:17 PM

    omegalh says:
    Apr 25, 2017 3:52 PM
    Remember the old days of “innocent until proven guilty”?

    What days were those?

  28. thisdamnbox says: Apr 25, 2017 4:30 PM

    Seriously, if this woman is lying, she should be sued for whatever Conley loses in draft slot compensation, and put in jail for filing a false police report. The whole thing sounds sketchy. Conley’s a moron for even getting into questionable situations this close to the draft. And, if she IS an opportunist and a liar, then she’s an idiot for not waiting until after the contract is signed to make the claim…Sketchy, I tell ya!

  29. tvguy22 says: Apr 25, 2017 4:31 PM

    The winner of this year’s Collins/Tunsil award is…

  30. finnymcphin says: Apr 25, 2017 4:45 PM

    southernplayalisticadillacmuzik says:
    Apr 25, 2017 3:11 PM
    Just seems crazy that a woman can make a claim, even if it’s totally false, and all the sudden it drastically changes things.
    ————————–

    What changes things is the fear it might not be false.
    The ‘what if’ is more disconcerting in this situation than the ‘what was.’ In this case perception and timing are everything. With something like this it’s not like most teams care how it is, they just care how it looks. And Conley only has himself to blame for it. Even if it was next to nothing, trying to hook a piece of strange on an elevator for group sex a few days before the draft doesn’t say much about his judgement.

  31. piazza5987 says: Apr 25, 2017 4:54 PM

    The precedent has been set,they start rumors b4 draft,go undefeated,then sign as f.a…rather then go too buff,Cleveland,etc,see Karl Collins,

  32. polksaladandy says: Apr 25, 2017 5:07 PM

    He would’ve attended until the league declined his request to invite three of his closest friends.

  33. RogerThat! says: Apr 25, 2017 5:25 PM

    Is this, the random foursome pickup line , a common dating practice in O High O?

  34. raven4531 says: Apr 25, 2017 5:40 PM

    @ tylawspick6 Please let’s not forget the Patriots once employed a TE that was know as a trouble maker in college and ended up murdering someone (if not more)
    If you’re a Pats fan, like most, you try to turn the other cheek like you never had him on your team.

  35. tonebones says: Apr 25, 2017 5:42 PM

    Conley might have staged this whole thing because he’s looking to run for president. Sexual assault didn’t hurt the last guy.

  36. abninf says: Apr 25, 2017 5:49 PM

    omegalh says:

    Remember the old days of “innocent until proven guilty”?
    ====================================

    That’s just in a court of law. In the old days and today. The public is allowed any opinion they want, even if you don’t approve.

  37. gmen5280 says: Apr 25, 2017 6:18 PM

    omegalh says:

    Remember the old days of “innocent until proven guilty”?
    ====================================
    abninf says:

    That’s just in a court of law. In the old days and today. The public is allowed any opinion they want, even if you don’t approve.
    ===========================

    That is until it is you or your son who is being accused of some deprived deed. Lets see how your tune changes when the public starts assuming your guilt w/o hearing all the facts. Heck you can be accused of sexual harassment for simply taking a picture of girl w/o her consent these days.

  38. reddzen says: Apr 25, 2017 6:34 PM

    I have to be honest. If I was a defense attorney I would always call such allegations “ludicrous and ridiciulous.” And it does pain me for saying so but I do get concerned about the recent frequency of women claiming abuse this close to the draft (this coming from a man who started a Foundation which in part, supports RAINN). I think he needs to sit this one out and let facts come to light. If he did something this stupid when he has a chance to do real good things with his next few years earnings, or frankly not doing good but ruining his own life in the days before a draft…..crappy behavior anytime but seriously

    1) don’t smoke dope before the Combine
    2) don’t assault a woman ever (NFL has kind of spoken on that one, even if Nature hasn’t caught up)
    3) don’t be a jerk ever, but especially when a job is on the line.

    As I always say to these young men, better to be a monk in the weeks before. Stop putting yourself in these situations where anything is possible. That includes your stupidity or someone else’s greed.

  39. reddzen says: Apr 25, 2017 6:36 PM

    gmen5280 says:
    Apr 25, 2017 6:18 PM
    omegalh says:

    Remember the old days of “innocent until proven guilty”?
    ====================================
    abninf says:

    That’s just in a court of law. In the old days and today. The public is allowed any opinion they want, even if you don’t approve.
    ===========================

    That is until it is you or your son who is being accused of some deprived deed. Lets see how your tune changes when the public starts assuming your guilt w/o hearing all the facts. Heck you can be accused of sexual harassment for simply taking a picture of girl w/o her consent these days.

    Sorry gotta disagree with the final poster on this one. Yes the law is innocent until proven guilty, but social media assumes guilt. I try to teach my sons not to be in that position in the first place, because the world works like it does, not the way we wish it did.

  40. seahawkboymike says: Apr 25, 2017 7:01 PM

    Wow, this is a shock.

  41. seahawkboymike says: Apr 25, 2017 7:03 PM

    tylawspick6 says:

    Ravens, Bengals, Cowboys, Steelers or Jets will pick him….Rape, abuse and violence is supported and promoted by these franchises.
    —————————————————————–
    Come on this guy has got “Patriots” written all over him.

  42. seahawkboymike says: Apr 25, 2017 7:06 PM

    tonebones says:

    Conley might have staged this whole thing because he’s looking to run for president. Sexual assault didn’t hurt the last guy.
    ——————————————————————
    You mean Bill Clinton?

  43. bighoser says: Apr 25, 2017 7:06 PM

    Friday:
    “Hello, Gareon? This is Jerrah Jones!! How’d you like to be a Cowboy?!?!?… Yeah, don’t worry about this assault thang, that just means you’re a real leader in my book! And if you get suspended or jailed and miss the season, well, it’s not like we’ve come to expect my 2nd round picks to produce on the field so you’re gonna fit right in!!! Yee Haw!!!!”

  44. returntoexcellence says: Apr 25, 2017 7:31 PM

    kingokra says:
    Apr 25, 2017 4:16 PM
    He won’t be able to participate in the draft hoopla, but he can watch. How ironic.
    ______________________

    This post is gold… you win

  45. cletuspstillwaterjr says: Apr 25, 2017 7:34 PM

    The Dolphins need help in the secondary big time could lightning strike two years in a row?

  46. sellingadream says: Apr 25, 2017 8:50 PM

    southernplayalisticadillacmuzik says:

    Am I the only one that finds it kind of troubling that these sort of allegations can have such a huge impact on this whole draft process? Just seems crazy that a woman can make a claim, even if it’s totally false, and all the sudden it drastically changes things.
    _____________________________________

    The 7 to 1 ration of thumbs up to thumbs down to this post troubles me. The implication is false accusations of sexual assault are common. They most definitely are not. It is far more common for sexual assault to not be reported at all out of fear of various kind. I’m sure all the thumbs up were from men.

    Take these reports seriously fellas. Let the courts decide what is and what is not just.

  47. nflfan5298 says: Apr 25, 2017 10:09 PM

    These accusations are irrelevant at this point. ( the timing and details are suspect) The reason I say that is every NFL team right now is thinking, this kid can’t stay away from an orgy and all the problems that come with it days before the draft? What’s he going to do when in the NFL with big money?

  48. dondelusion says: Apr 26, 2017 12:29 AM

    If you’re going to rape, someones’s pet (goldfish, iguana, etc.) that way no crime no foul, right? To clarify, some things deserve a good raping. Like your wife’s favorite Ostrich Fern. That f’in thing is just’ askin’ for it.

    P.S. I may be a little misguided on the definition of this whole ‘rape” thing. Also, this may be the last post on PFT I ever make…. Although, it’s clearly a miscommunication. Just to clarify, rape is never funny. Remember that. In addition, I’m not even sure he’s been accused of raping someone/thing. In conclusion, I’m pretty drunk.

  49. dondelusion says: Apr 26, 2017 1:05 AM

    Come on people, there’s a lesson to be learned here somewhere.

  50. dondelusion says: Apr 26, 2017 1:09 AM

    Conley to the Eagles, Cox up your QB’s ass….. I’m psychic.

  51. randalpnaditch says: Apr 26, 2017 3:11 AM

    Bad technique for a cornerback to get caught peeking

  52. gogreenbiotch says: Apr 26, 2017 3:53 AM

    I love that people think it’s the rape charge that will drop his stock immediately….. it’s the fact he was dumb enough to put himself in that situation. You wanna make this kid a millionaire and trust him ? Really ? The orgy master ? Cmon man. You wouldn’t draft him either based on the story alone. Asking random strangers to jump into his threesome and when she says no, asking her to watch.. yeah.

  53. thesilentshoplifter says: Apr 26, 2017 8:48 AM

    Personally, the bong gas mask on the day of the draft was better.

  54. timmmah10 says: Apr 26, 2017 9:42 AM

    Nobody knows if this is real or fake yet, but the motive IF it is fake is likely that he ticked this girl off, and this was her way of getting back at him.

    This is not the way a gold digger would operate. The timing of all of this is to defame this guy, not to extort.

  55. breadmeatcheese says: Apr 26, 2017 10:31 AM

    i think it has to be asked, as it was for peyton manning, did she immediately call a rape hotline following the alleged incident?

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