Will someone roll the dice on Gareon Conley being cleared?

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Barring a clear and unequivocal public declaration in the next 24 hours or so from the alleged victim that she was not sexually assaulted on April 9 by Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley, Conley will enter the draft with a cloud hanging over his NFL future. But with plenty of evidence available and with teams having the resources to find out even more, it’s possible that someone will take a calculated risk on Conley, if the team develops a sense that he’s innocent, and/or that the alleged victim doesn’t intend to press the issue.

The police report indicates that the alleged victim declined to be interviewed by police at a local hospital, after previously telling them her version of the events. Whether and to what extent the authorities convince her to cooperate and, eventually, to testify in court will go a long way toward determining whether Conley will be prosecuted. If the allegation persists in her refusal to continue to assist the investigation, the criminal case will go nowhere.

If the case proceeds, Conley could have a serious problem. The police report cites a rape statute, which makes the alleged crime a first-degree felony. Under Ohio law, that would result in a sentence of three to 11 years.

Conley has witnesses who claim that he “never touched” the alleged victim, and that she became upset after she was kicked out of the room. The rape kit that was administered to the alleged victim will shed more light on whether contact occurred, but ultimately it will be impossible to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt without cooperation and testimony from the alleged victim.

The victim’s name isn’t publicly known, but the teams either have or can get access to it. As a result, teams have been to do research regarding the alleged victim. It’s also possible that one or more teams will try to contact her directly in order to explain the importance of knowing by Thursday night what will happen with the situation before making a multi-million-dollar investment in Conley.

Regardless of what happens, the teams have every incentive to ensure that they aren’t squandering one of their most important assets. The stakes are high for everyone involved, and the sooner the truth emerges the better off everyone will be.

For Conley, the biggest problem is that, if he’s innocent, irreversible damage likely is going to be done to his NFL career. If he’s guilty, he rightfully should have far bigger problems than sliding in the draft.

25 responses to “Will someone roll the dice on Gareon Conley being cleared?

  1. if he did it, he should pay the price…
    if she is lying, she should suffer the same fate as he would have if found guilty.

    I refuse to pass judgement either way right now, but it all seems very odd. He just meets her and asks if she wants to get involved in an orgy and she says no, but asks to watch?
    very bold to ask someone you dont know to join in and rather stupid to agree to go to the room without any expectation.
    If she is lying, she is only adding to the challenges that women face who are really in this situation.

  2. Hope he’s cleared but you have to wonder why a person goes in for a rape kit they know would return no results. Were she lying.

  3. He doesn’t need to be innocent to be drafted (though he probably is). It would be no different than drafting a player with an injury, you just have to redshirt him for a few months to a year.

  4. Guess you didn’t see the article from a website that tracked everyone down. Evidently, it not difficult. Why these people would talk with the author is beyond me. The accuser’s first name was mentioned but she didn’t respond. If the rape kit has his DNA, it doesn’t matter what happens in the legal system, he and his buddies are lying. I’m sure he’ll make it up on his second contract.

  5. Imagine calling a potential rape victim to see if her perpetrator is worthy of drafting to an NFL team. What are we doing?

  6. It sounds to me like someone who wanted to keep the party going halfheartedly got herself into a weird late night / after-after party situation, didn’t like the way things were happening, and checked out.

    The key: was there assault or anything non-consensual going on? Or did she later find out that the guy was a potential first round draft pick, and then check in with a lawyer to see if she could construe an offense out of it?

    Whether Conley’s guilty of rape or not, he’s definitely guilty of terrible judgement and he’s probably guilty of treating a woman like crap.

  7. eazeback says:
    Apr 26, 2017 12:16 PM
    if he’s there in the 5th I don’t look at it as wasting a pick
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    No way does he drop to the fifth round. He will be gone before the end of the third round.

  8. He’s denied making contact with the victim. A rape kit was administered. If the rape kit comes back negative – meaning there is absolutely no DNA from Conley, then case closed. They should know or will know the results of the rape kit by tomorrow evening.

  9. What’s sad is, just the accusation from a woman kills his chances. Conley could have done Nothing and the accusation still has the negative effect.

    I think he is DUMB for letting himself be put in this position 2 days before the draft.

  10. therealtrenches says:
    Apr 26, 2017 12:25 PM
    It sounds to me like someone who wanted to keep the party going halfheartedly got herself into a weird late night / after-after party situation, didn’t like the way things were happening, and checked out.

    The key: was there assault or anything non-consensual going on? Or did she later find out that the guy was a potential first round draft pick, and then check in with a lawyer to see if she could construe an offense out of it?

    Whether Conley’s guilty of rape or not, he’s definitely guilty of terrible judgement and he’s probably guilty of treating a woman like crap.
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    This: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  11. What I find odd is the female apparently agreed to go with him to a hotel room to “watch an orgy”.

  12. No need to check his Wonderlick score. You never put yourself in that position prior to the draft.

  13. Its amazing how many of these things come out “just before the draft”, when just an allegation means loss of millions of dollars.

    Never believe a woman’s words but always believe her actions.

    also, I wonder how many of these players paid an extortion

  14. Al Davis type move would be to for an NFL team to find her TODAY and covertly offer her a suitcase full of cash to quietly go away after the draft. Then draft Conley at a bargain price (say 3rd or 4th Round) confident that this initial problem is solved.
    Who knows, Jerry Jones might have a fixer in Cleveland working on this right now…

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