Gareon Conley calls allegations “untrue, wrongful, and malicious”

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Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley, who faces a rape accusation only one day before the draft, has responded with a strongly-worded statement reiterating the denial previously articulated by his lawyer.

The six-paragraph statement comes under the headline “Statement of Gareon Conley Regarding Untrue, wrongful, and Malicious Allegations.” It reads as follows, in full:

“The allegations against me concerning the night of April 8/9 that have recently been reported in multiple media outlets are completely false. I did not commit a crime and have not been charged with a crime.

“I pride myself on doing things the right way on and off the field. The things being said about me and what happened that night are not true and don’t fit my character at all. I realize that I put himself in the situation and I could have used better judgment. However, I have worked tirelessly to put myself in position to have the honor of being an NFL draft pick and these untrue allegations are putting a huge cloud over my name and the NFL Draft.

“These allegations appear to be an attempt to ruin this once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and my family. There were several witnesses including another female, who were present the entire time and have given statements that give an accurate account of what took place. I am upset but realize that I am powerless when false accusations are made and people try to convict you in the court of public opinion. It’s sad that your neighbor can get dragged through the mud based upon untrue and malicious allegations alone.

“I am completely confident that as the facts actually come out my name will be cleared.

“I was excited about participating in Thursday’s draft but I have decided it would be selfish of me to stay and be a distraction to the NFL, the other players, and their families who have worked just as hard as me to enjoy the experience so I will not be in attendance.

“I hope and look forward to the honor of being an NFL player and working to be the best representative, player, person, and teammate I can be for the team and the community I will be in.

38 responses to “Gareon Conley calls allegations “untrue, wrongful, and malicious”

  1. you can tell by the carefully constructed words that Conley wrote his own statement without legal consultation of any kind.

  2. just go get your interview done then! waiting till after the draft makes it look like you’re hiding something

  3. “I realize that I put himself in the situation and I could have used better judgment.”

    This is the statement that bears some consideration. He did use poor judgment and put himself in a vulnerable position. Unfortunately, this is one of those instances where the timing of the accusation will likely enforce a heavy penalty whether or not he is actually guilty of anything other than poor judgment. That is very unfair, but welcome to the real world young man.

  4. You need a lawyer who deals in the details.

    Himself/myself

    “I realize that I put himself in the situation and I could have used better judgment. However, I have worked tirelessly to put myself in position…”

  5. Always interesting to me how these allegations come out just a day or two before the draft. Last year was Tunsil’s bong video that was like 4 years old. The year before was Winston’s rape accusations…I expect these claims are greatly exaggerated but if he is indeed guilty? Lock him up

  6. “I pride myself on doing things the right way on and off the field.”

    Then why did you play for Urban Meyer??????

  7. I’ll be surprised if he doesnt get drafted by the end of round 3…..but he will have lost millions in his rookie contract because of his desire to think with the wrong head. Tough lesson to learn for your youth and urges.

  8. the police already conducted the intial interview with the other people involved. It seems like he made bad judgement but not a crimminal act. He will be cleared but, the alleged victim wins because for whatever reason she is hellbent on ruining his career. Maybe a shakedown? If and when he is cleared what happens to her?

  9. “Uhm, asking someone to join in a foursome is not conducting yourself in the proper manner, no matter what today’s sick culture suggests. Sorry”

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    If everyone is adult and consenting, what is wrong with it?

  10. So if the kit comes back covered in your DNA – do we get another apology about this apology for bad judgment?

  11. No matter his guilt of “rape”, no team will discount the fact the he was propositioning strangers in an elevator to have a “Foursome”…just prior to the Draft. Without doubt, any girl that agrees to accompany him when confronted with that question is clearly (at least) partially responsible for whatever follows. But none the less, this demonstrates absolutely terrible judgement on his part & he will certainly slide. I predict a team will take a chance within the 3-4 rounds.

  12. @steeelfann0155 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 3:33 PM

    Uhm, asking someone to join in a foursome is not conducting yourself in the proper manner, no matter what today’s sick culture suggests. Sorry
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Although it might hard for you to fathom, this kind of activity takes place quite a bit. If participants are needed, you won’t know who is willing unless they are asked. That said, his strongly worded statement would carry more weight if it included “I wasn’t there”.

  13. He said he had no sexual relations with this woman. She had a rape kit done. If his DNA turns out to be present in the rape kit results he’s in big trouble.

    However, if he’s telling the truth, DNA results will be too late to save his draft stock and that is a damn shame.

  14. Take a lie detector test. Polygraph examinations are not admissible in court, but passing one might convince an NFL team that you have been wrongly accused and spare you the fate of La’el Collins who plummeted despite being innocent. Of course, all of that presupposes you would pass the test.

  15. JJ412 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 4:22 PM
    “Uhm, asking someone to join in a foursome is not conducting yourself in the proper manner, no matter what today’s sick culture suggests. Sorry”
    ———————————————————————
    If everyone is adult and consenting, what is wrong with it?

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    In a biblical sense? Lots

    In a legal sense? Nothing

  16. JJ412 says:
    Apr 26, 2017 4:22 PM

    “Uhm, asking someone to join in a foursome is not conducting yourself in the proper manner, no matter what today’s sick culture suggests. Sorry”

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    If everyone is adult and consenting, what is wrong with it?
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    Point proven

  17. 1phillyphan says:
    Apr 26, 2017 4:11 PM
    the police already conducted the intial interview with the other people involved. It seems like he made bad judgement but not a crimminal act. He will be cleared but, the alleged victim wins because for whatever reason she is hellbent on ruining his career. Maybe a shakedown? If and when he is cleared what happens to her?

    —————-

    If it was a shakedown I think at this point Conley would be calling that out.

  18. @ bullcharger says: Apr 26, 2017 4:42 PM

    JJ412 says: Apr 26, 2017 4:22 PM
    “Uhm, asking someone to join in a foursome is not conducting yourself in the proper manner, no matter what today’s sick culture suggests. Sorry”
    ———————————————————————
    If everyone is adult and consenting, what is wrong with it?
    —————
    In a biblical sense? Lots
    In a legal sense? Nothing
    _____________________________

    In the Draft sense? Everything

  19. It’s that ole demon alcohol again. I just know he was around when the shenanigans started.

    Also, as has been pointed out find a lawyer that can draft statements in proper English, it will show you pay attention to details and care enough to send the very best. I’m not sure this statement helps your cause at all son.

  20. All I can say is his lawyer lies pretty well.

    He was right about one thing. His client put himself in this position and has no one to blame but himself.

  21. the knucklehead put himself in that situation. so he only has himself to blame. say good-bye to the nfl perhaps!

  22. This is going to be easy to prove, she said you had sex you said you didnt, she went straight to the hospital to have a rape kit completed, if your DNA is there you are screwed and I’m sure the NFL already have the information….if he gets drafted close to where he was slated he will be found innocent or no charges will be filed, if he falls to late rounds or not drafted at all, dude is in big trouble with the law…..

  23. The incident happened almost 3 weeks ago and the authorities have neither questioned the accused or collected any of his DNA to compare to any “rape kit” evidence. Smells like they have no physical evidence and thus no case.

    Meanwhile Conley has 2 witnesses that say no physical assault occurred. If they were protecting a guilty man wouldn’t they say she had sex with him/them consentually, knowing that DNA and other evidence of intercourse would be easily found?

    I say he is more than likely not guilty.

  24. loenwahlin says:
    Apr 26, 2017 8:47 PM
    The incident happened almost 3 weeks ago and the authorities have neither questioned the accused or collected any of his DNA to compare to any “rape kit” evidence. Smells like they have no physical evidence and thus no case.

    Meanwhile Conley has 2 witnesses that say no physical assault occurred. If they were protecting a guilty man wouldn’t they say she had sex with him/them consentually, knowing that DNA and other evidence of intercourse would be easily found?

    I say he is more than likely not guilty.

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    Course the flip is – if you’re going to scam someone, you don’t get the rape kit and just claim you went home and showered because you felt dirty. Rape kit being negative for DNA is an almost immediate clearance of the guy.

    If I’m committing insurance fraud – I don’t file a police report on a car with no damage.

  25. The timing makes this accusation, much like the Tunsil video, suspect. Is this just another players agent finding someone who will accuse him, is this someone who consented who just figured out he will be worth a lot of money and wants a cut, is this a jilted girlfriend who realizes she let a payday get away, so now she won’t. Not defending him, not saying its ok, but we have seen too many times that a gold-digger wants a cut of the pie after they realize there is a big pie out there to get a piece of. Only problem is the NFL is suspending people for unproven accusations so he is going to drop just because of that.

  26. These women hang around these high profile athletes in hopes of striking it rich! But after the sex act is over and dude shows her the door and tells her to get lost, then she cries rape. Why would a respectful woman go into the room of a man she just met in an elevator after he asked her to hook his boys up too?

  27. This is becoming a annual thing right before the NFL draft some chick some will bang a top rookie prospect hoping to reach a settlement with possible huge financial gain…thats how the world is now ruin someone elses life so you can get paid….even if it means bending over and taking one for the team…no shame whatsoever …

  28. “I pride myself doing things the right way…”

    _____________€__
    Yah, getting a BJ from a random stranger at 3 am in a hotel elevator. Got it!

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