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Gareon Conley’s lawyer claims consensual sex occurred

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The “nothing happened” defense quickly has evaporated in the Gareon Conley case.

After witnesses in the hotel room where an alleged rape involving the Raiders first-round draft pick occurred last month claimed that Conley and the alleged victim did nothing together, Conley’s lawyer now admits that Conley and the alleged victim had consensual sex, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

That changes everything, contradicting the witness accounts and making the case a matter of he said/she said. This means that prosecutors easily could pursue charges if they so choose, with the case ultimately turning on whether a jury chooses to believe the victim and to disbelieve Conley.

Which means that the Raiders may have drafted a player who eventually will be indicted on first-degree felony charges, which carry a prison term in Ohio three to eight years.

Conley likely had no choice but to admit that which the forensic evidence would have confirmed. The rape kit coupled with the DNA sample Conley provided would have quickly debunked the “nothing happened” defense.

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  1. bighoser says: May 1, 2017 9:29 PM

    Oh geezus…. Reggie, dang it, either you knew this and still drafted him figuring that his story will hold up and she’s not credible…
    OR you and your crew believed Conley and company’s lie that “nothing happened” despite your “miles of homework”.
    Ugh, not a good look either way as either YOU went along with Gareon’s lie or you were completely fooled.
    This drafting early because of the upside of a player with questionable character is what we’ve come to expect from Jerrah Jones, not you, Reggie!!!! SMH

  2. IMHIM says: May 1, 2017 9:31 PM

    Wow. Leave it to the Raiders to draft a sketchy character. Not saying he is guilty but it’s not looking good for Conley. I have no sympathy for the Raiders mishaps.

  3. charger383 says: May 1, 2017 9:31 PM

    what did he tell Reggie?

  4. Grulks says: May 1, 2017 9:31 PM


  5. riverhorsey says: May 1, 2017 9:33 PM

    The Raiders screwed up.

  6. dawsonleery says: May 1, 2017 9:34 PM

    This could very well cost Reggie McKenzie his job. Why play with fire like this? Now he has to deal with drama for the next 2 months. You have a team that can contend for a Super Bowl and you risk your 1st round pick like this?

  7. attorneyfootballtalk says: May 1, 2017 9:34 PM

    And somewhere Reggie McKenzie just exclaimed “DOH!”

  8. Longfellow Deeds says: May 1, 2017 9:36 PM

    Raiders got hosed

  9. Kapodaco says: May 1, 2017 9:36 PM

    Ruh roh.

  10. jaxbeachjagfan says: May 1, 2017 9:38 PM

    What the hell is wrong with all these dudes? If he wasn’t guilty, why didn’t they all say nothing happened when first questioned by police?

    Maybe he can meet y’all in Vegas in 2020?

  11. senatorblutarsky says: May 1, 2017 9:38 PM

    Damn! I smell trouble for Conley and the Las Vegas Raiders.

  12. softhelmet says: May 1, 2017 9:41 PM

    Well this is evolving quickly!

  13. rocoop says: May 1, 2017 9:41 PM

    But he took a lie detector test………….

  14. therealraider says: May 1, 2017 9:42 PM

    This isnt looking good, his story is changing hers isnt. There wasnt any other women in the room. It was her, Conley and his 2 buddies.

  15. demolition510 says: May 1, 2017 9:44 PM

    You forgot to include in your investigative journalism blog about the video tape surveillance that shows him and her holding hands outside. Hmmm I thought she met him in the elevator and the went to his room.

  16. stoolerz says: May 1, 2017 9:45 PM

    Rut oh, Shaggy

  17. seatownballers says: May 1, 2017 9:46 PM

    Yikes. Story change is never good

  18. codiablo says: May 1, 2017 9:52 PM

    The sweeter the juice?

  19. 6ball says: May 1, 2017 9:55 PM

    It appears that the Raiders ” miles and miles” of investigation yielded ” gallons and gallons” of guilt.

  20. motorcitydiddy says: May 1, 2017 9:58 PM

    Well, he got to be a high pick but at the cost of marginalizing his witnesses. And in the world of he said/she said, one claimed they had sex and the other didn’t…only one has physical evidence they may have been telling the truth.

  21. hifive123 says: May 1, 2017 9:58 PM


  22. swagjag says: May 1, 2017 10:01 PM

    To go from ‘nothing happened’ to we had consensual sex happened is enough to indict you in the court of public opinion. Sure smells like a rapey situation.

  23. c2excellence says: May 1, 2017 10:03 PM

    Ruben Foster was right there to pick and they picked this risky guy. Dumb.

  24. 13chpshps says: May 1, 2017 10:03 PM

    Bad decision by the Raiders, catastrophic decision by Conley. ‘I did not have sex with that woman.’ Five days later ‘OK, I did, but how bout if I say it was consensual’ Better hope for an OJ jury.

  25. screwmemean says: May 1, 2017 10:06 PM

    Bingo, bangO bongo. Called it. See previous posts.


    What an idiot. He is getting played, big time by this pro Gold Digger!

  26. somatg3 says: May 1, 2017 10:07 PM

    Hmmmm, things just got interesting.

  27. fatelvis77 says: May 1, 2017 10:09 PM

    >Financial settlement>uncooperative witness.

    Next case.

  28. bengalsofthenorth says: May 1, 2017 10:14 PM

    If conley is telling the truth – he is the victim. sloppy writing just assuming who the victim is. In other words the usual from pft.

  29. riffrafflaff says: May 1, 2017 10:15 PM

    The Truth Washer is in the Spin Cycle.

  30. stainlineho says: May 1, 2017 10:15 PM


  31. jasons81 says: May 1, 2017 10:16 PM

    Dang… I really thought after the elevator proposition stories this guy was going to get cleared

  32. madham7 says: May 1, 2017 10:16 PM

    Oh Oh, someone didn’t do all their homework last week.

  33. reppster says: May 1, 2017 10:19 PM

    Of course it was consensual. The only reason it wasn’t is because it was all of a sudden he was a 1st round prospect in the NFL Draft.

  34. boknowsvt says: May 1, 2017 10:21 PM

    At this rate I wish we had just given our first rounder to Seatte for Sherman. I hated this pick on Thursday and I hate it even more now. This guy is either going to jail or paying a lot of hush money. It’s not a good look no matter how you look at it.

  35. bynernmack says: May 1, 2017 10:21 PM

    3-11 years w/ a mandatory minimum of 3.

  36. twofourfourthree says: May 1, 2017 10:24 PM


    wonder what he told the raiders.

  37. jimmyjohns01 says: May 1, 2017 10:24 PM

    Sucks for the Raiders but we all know she’s going to settle because she knows Conley is about to get millions.

  38. somanywins says: May 1, 2017 10:28 PM

    You don’t say.

  39. cardiovascularendurance says: May 1, 2017 10:29 PM

    Wow. Nice pick Reggie. This dude is getting locked up.

  40. kissmytaintpatriotswinagain says: May 1, 2017 10:39 PM

    Gold digger 4.0

  41. briang123 says: May 1, 2017 10:39 PM

    Clearly he is guilty. Women never sleep with men who are about to become millionaires. They just want to be held.

  42. thegreenandcold says: May 1, 2017 10:39 PM

    Well this just got a lot more interesting.

  43. faithful49er707 says: May 1, 2017 10:42 PM

    As a kid I went to the hotel of a visiting team after a MLB game and saw like15 hot chicks waiting in the lobby and bar of the hotel before the team exited the bus. Waiting to throw themselves at the players.

    Never will I understand how any man let alone a pro athlete would feel like he had to rape a girl.

    Do these guys not know that damn near any girl would have sex with them on just the fact that they are a pro athlete who have money and viewed as celebrities they’d love to brag about sleeping with. Their is 10chicks waiting to say yes for the one girl that girl that says no.

  44. bartpkelly says: May 1, 2017 10:43 PM

    Seems like the witnesses have been discredited as well and won’t be much help in a defense.

  45. 8oneanddones says: May 1, 2017 10:45 PM

    Does Harvey Steinberg have an exclusive contract with Denver Bronco players? He did great work for Perrish Cox.

  46. kenmasters34 says: May 1, 2017 10:46 PM

    uh oh. Hopefully the Raiders pay him soon, so he can sign over the check.

  47. packmangamble says: May 1, 2017 10:56 PM

    Of course that’s what you’d say, you’re an attorney!

  48. ggreen657 says: May 1, 2017 10:57 PM


  49. schuch10 says: May 1, 2017 10:58 PM

    I thought he said there was video that would prove his innocence. I hope he received her consent to record that performance…

  50. BIGGSHAUN says: May 1, 2017 11:00 PM

    Hmmm. So you mean that, if you wait until all (or, at least, more) of the evidence is presented, you can make a more informed decision?

    Who knew?

    Things aren’t looking as good as they were a few days ago for this kid. Now’s a good time for you to let it all out.

  51. rhettridley says: May 1, 2017 11:04 PM

    consensual ORAL sex, get it right

  52. cowboylover says: May 1, 2017 11:05 PM

    So much for thoroughly vetting him and the situation.

  53. buckethead1 says: May 1, 2017 11:06 PM

    I had consensual sex last night….i think

  54. mmmmmmmmm356 says: May 1, 2017 11:06 PM

    I would say he’s done.

  55. dallasskinsfan94 says: May 1, 2017 11:09 PM

    Of course he’d wait till after the draft to admit this..

  56. thingamajig says: May 1, 2017 11:09 PM

    Conley and his lawyer finally figured out what a rape kit for her and a DNA sample from him is for.

  57. riverhorsey says: May 1, 2017 11:10 PM

    The agent should go to jail if Conley is found guilty.

  58. dren88 says: May 1, 2017 11:14 PM

    RAAAAAAAAIDERS ! Just Consent baby!

  59. upby3 says: May 1, 2017 11:18 PM

    Oh Reggie, Reggie, Reggie. You might have fk’d up.

  60. idiedpretty says: May 1, 2017 11:19 PM

    Riiight! “Hey, random elevator Girl, wanna join me in my crib for a random 4 some?” What a a dude, Raider Leader. Total 3am troubled idiot.

  61. jacksquat99 says: May 1, 2017 11:21 PM

    So much for that lie detector he took!!!

  62. richndc says: May 1, 2017 11:24 PM

    He said he “Cosbied” her. Claims he did not know it was wrong since “Bill ain’t in no damn jail”. Tee hee!!

  63. canetic says: May 1, 2017 11:26 PM

    So he lied about nothing happening. What else did he lie about? Sorry, Raiders fans.

  64. slick50kc says: May 1, 2017 11:30 PM

    That 1st rounder just literally went up in flames.

  65. dejadoh says: May 1, 2017 11:32 PM

    He raped her. When the story changes, that indicates a lie. He now knows there is likely DNA evidence. He needs to go to prison and become some ones bitch.

  66. arctantheta says: May 1, 2017 11:34 PM


  67. canedaddy says: May 1, 2017 11:34 PM

    I don’t know what happened between him and the woman, but changing your story from “nothing happened” to “we had sex” would seem to knock a big hole in Conley’s credibility. If he’s guilty, I hope they lock him up and throw away the key.

  68. chawk12thman says: May 1, 2017 11:35 PM

    This is a significant change in posture. To claim “nothing happened” initially is telling. If teams knew it was a she said/he said, I suspect they would not have kept him on their board.

    Likelihood of charges being filed are extremely high, unless there are issues and evidence to help him show consensual sex was indeed what occurred.

    This doesn’t feel right.

  69. davemishsr says: May 1, 2017 11:52 PM

    That is really bad news for the Raiders. If Conley does go to trial he will be unavailable to the Raiders until he is acquitted. It is also not good that Conley changed his story after the draft. I can’t imagine the Raiders taking him in the first round had they known this.

  70. meximyke says: May 2, 2017 12:30 AM

    Reggie, Reggie, Reggie why? If their is even a chance of being guilty, you should not pick. I hope for the Raiders, she will take the money and run!

  71. dylanjharper says: May 2, 2017 12:30 AM

    Even in a country where people will do mental gymnastics to excuse any successful athlete’s behavior, going from “nothing happened” to “well…something happened…” is not going to do Conley any favors.

  72. THX 138 says: May 2, 2017 12:38 AM

    Hope they nail him and the Raiders are made to look like bigger fools than they currently do for drafting Conley.

  73. beauregard says: May 2, 2017 12:39 AM

    This is starting to unravel.

  74. crashburn32 says: May 2, 2017 1:12 AM

    So his witnesses stories don’t add up. And the accuser’s story doesn’t either. She claimed she met him at 3am in an elevator, but a video shows her following him around all evening.

    I hope his lawyer’s statement was not news to McKenzie. – Something tells me she might just get paid off to go away, which is not nearly as good as no charges being filed because he’s innocent.

  75. rootpain says: May 2, 2017 1:15 AM

    So when they were actually trying to verify whether the hotel security had video surveillance, it wasn’t to be able to prove she wasn’t there, because she obviously was. Rather, they were hoping that without video, they could claim she was never there at all.
    I hope this doesn’t get spun into another “boys just being boys” NFL cover-up.

  76. radrntn says: May 2, 2017 1:53 AM

    well one thing we all know….the video never lies.

  77. randytheraiderloveboy says: May 2, 2017 2:05 AM

    Yikes, nothing happened now its consensual??? Go Reggie is gonna take a bath on this lost first round pick. He shat the bed with this prison pick.

  78. reptar310 says: May 2, 2017 2:11 AM

    Hahahahahahahahaha…. Oh Oakland…

  79. randytheraiderloveboy says: May 2, 2017 2:43 AM

    Of course it ways.

  80. imonfire2niteoyeah says: May 2, 2017 3:17 AM


  81. macjacmccoy says: May 2, 2017 5:54 AM

    This brings the lie detector into question. They detect what you believe not the truth. So if he was asked if he had consensual sex with her he could say yes and believe it without it being true. And if you listen toto a lot of people they have no clue what consensual sex is. A lot of what people believe is ok isnt. I mean how many athletes and rappers celebs have defended cosby or talked about getting girls drunk or high for an easier opening.

    These guys think if a girl says no and u beg and beg or say come on come on and she does it its consensual its not. It means u applied undo pressure on her. Thats assualt, brother.

  82. orndorf2 says: May 2, 2017 6:20 AM

    But…but they said he passed a lie detector??? Somebody should be fired for drafting him so high.

  83. irimz says: May 2, 2017 6:29 AM

    Good Lord, what a stupid draft pick.

  84. tbabes says: May 2, 2017 6:32 AM

    I think he’s going to need a better lawyer

  85. blah773 says: May 2, 2017 7:58 AM

    “Disbelieve.” Is that even a word?

    Dude needs himself a fall guy.

  86. MeSoProudy says: May 2, 2017 8:29 AM

    Ruh roh

  87. clubdrunk18 says: May 2, 2017 8:31 AM

    Thank you Raiders!!!!

  88. teal379 says: May 2, 2017 8:32 AM

    In other words – we had to come out with this because his DNA is coming back on the rape kit.

    Like I’ve said several times – if she was scamming, she would NOT have immediately gotten the rape kit.

  89. realityonetwo says: May 2, 2017 8:39 AM

    Lawyers will get it swept under the rug.

  90. rustytrumbone says: May 2, 2017 9:24 AM

    Surprised that the Bengals didn’t draft him.

  91. mball13 says: May 2, 2017 9:30 AM

    I believe Conley said the rape allegations were not true, not that they didn’t have sex or any sexual contact. Having said that, this is looking more dicey by the minute. Damn, Reggie, why reach for this kid knowing this could kill our first round pick. All that research better pan out.

  92. FinFan68 says: May 2, 2017 11:12 AM

    Looks like everybody involved is lying. The video disputes the elevator thing which increases the likelihood she is looking for a payday. The DNA likely disproves his nothing happened story so he changes it to consensual.

    Here is the fix: Don’t sign him. Let the justice system work it out. If he did rape her then he goes to jail. If he didn’t then he is a free man who blew his chance at millions because he wanted to get laid one night. Either way, she does not get paid either and the Raiders lose their draft pick because of their own stupidity. Maybe future players will get smarter and not risk their futures and maybe the teams will stop drafting potential dirtbags. Wishful thinking on both counts.

  93. grumpysal says: May 2, 2017 11:15 AM

    Well, on the bright side, he’ll be getting to Las Vegas at about the same time as the Raiders when he gets out of jail in 3 years.

  94. jags2daship says: May 2, 2017 11:22 AM

    If you have to lie and concoct a plan with your homies, then you are probably guilty. What a loser

  95. RegisHawk says: May 2, 2017 11:34 AM

    Last week nothing happened. This week it was consensual. Can’t wait until next week…

  96. nopepper12 says: May 2, 2017 12:04 PM

    Why isn’t this considered worse than the Mixon pick? The Raiders knew about the allegations and drafted him anyway. Now, if convicted he could serve 3-8 years? Seems like a convicted rapist is no better than what Mixon did. I think it’s the NFL’s responsibility not to allow these players to be drafted and not the fault of the teams.

  97. eroschmidt says: May 2, 2017 12:12 PM

    This will settle out of court for an undisclosed sum.

  98. jrossizzle says: May 2, 2017 12:12 PM

    In 3 years The Vegas Raiders will be wondering why they didn’t draft Reuben Foster.

  99. loudpackmatt says: May 2, 2017 12:16 PM

    I hope the kids innocent but if he’s proven guilty they will do some type of odd plea bargin where he does get to play football till raiders move to Vegas you know what outrages me the most? the penalty Conley faces verses the one the duke lacrosse player did. totally unfair to the core. duke rapist even gets transported to ohio to serve his 6 month probation JOKE!

  100. loudpackmatt says: May 2, 2017 12:20 PM

    and as far as I’m concerned Conley had every right not to want the public to know he had sex that’s his personal business not the media’s and the girl lied about multiple parts of the story cmon ! Conley passes a lie detector test now make her! equal treatment but I’m sure that girl will look like a sad little puppy in front of the judge this is sickening considering how good of a kid Conley is

  101. FinFan68 says: May 2, 2017 4:15 PM

    eroschmidt says:
    May 2, 2017 12:12 PM
    This will settle out of court for an undisclosed sum.
    Not if he isn’t signed.

  102. loenwahlin says: May 2, 2017 5:42 PM

    Too late to change my vote to “guilty”?

    Looks like a big-time gamble on a gut feeling by Reggie Mac. It certainly looks like a losing wager now.

    Reggie’s high-stakes gamble DID probably help my Packers land a superior corner prospect by filling a corner-needy team’s slot, allowing White and King to keep on dropping at that point.

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