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All quiet regarding Gareon Conley case, for now

AP

Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley should soon learn whether he will, or won’t, be charged with sexual assault in Ohio.

After the first-round rookie met with police in early May, Conley’s lawyer said that a decision from authorities is expected within 6-8 weeks. Seven weeks have passed.

It’s likely no coincidence that the Raiders have yet to sign Conley to a rookie contract. Why give him a signing bonus and guaranteed salaries for three years and part of a fourth if Conley ultimately may not be available to play?

The situation will become extremely murky for the Raiders if Conley is charged. The league can’t discipline him for pre-draft misconduct, but how can the NFL allow a person charged with felony rape to show up for work? The image-obsessed league office will twist arms to get Conley off the field, similar to what the league did in 2014 after the Ray Rice debacle led to extended leaves of absence with pay for Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson while both were facing unresolved criminal charges.

If Conley hasn’t signed, the safest approach for the league would be to nudge the team to not sign Conley but also not to rescind the draft pick. The Raiders would hold his rights until the next draft, and the team’s hope would be to see the situation fully and completely resolved by then.

Regardless of how it plays out, the Raiders will have only themselves to blame if prosecutors eventually can persuade a grand jury that sufficient evidence exists to indict him. They can’t say they weren’t aware of the risk that Conley would be charged.

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10 Responses to “All quiet regarding Gareon Conley case, for now”
  1. r502 says: Jun 21, 2017 7:22 PM

    Got to make the call on a charge one way or the other within a couple of months. Seems like plenty of time to gather info from all the parties on a he said she said case and call the ball.

  2. tfavrat says: Jun 21, 2017 7:27 PM

    Why doesn’t this story mention the possibility that Conley isn’t charged? Just wondering….

  3. briscocountyjr says: Jun 21, 2017 7:33 PM

    Just another day, another off-season with the Raiders.

  4. anarchopurplism says: Jun 21, 2017 7:52 PM

    SJW’s are swarming.

    Now that the door to being charged (not convicted, charged) has been opened…..the MERE POSSIBILITY of being charged in the future, means that we can “start the discussion” on whether penalties could or should be assessed.

  5. ispeakthetruthraiders says: Jun 21, 2017 8:25 PM

    Nonsense.. Why doesn’t this article mention what happens if he isn’t charged? Always only looking at the negative side of everything

  6. realfootballfan says: Jun 21, 2017 9:39 PM

    This still remains one of the dumbest draft picks I’ve ever seen in light of that he wouldn’t submit to a DNA test until after the draft, at which time his whole story changed overnight. Cannot make that pick when you have those balls in the air.

  7. steveoluvraiders says: Jun 21, 2017 10:26 PM

    Aka the rape kit came back negative. Believe you me if it was positive the sports media would be blasting the Raiders for drafting him as I type this. No news equals good news for Conley and the Raiders.

  8. raidernation210 says: Jun 22, 2017 7:21 AM

    going to be the steal of the draft!!!

  9. rdrllldubk says: Jun 22, 2017 8:16 AM

    tfavrat says:
    Jun 21, 2017 7:27 PM

    Why doesn’t this story mention the possibility that Conley isn’t charged? Just wondering….

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    Great point, we all know why….

  10. ron69 says: Jun 22, 2017 10:53 PM

    Worst case scenario for the Raiders, he is charged and doesn’t play this year, but the Raiders still get to keep him unless he’s guilty and I’m sure he isn’t.
    No problem, right now he’s buried in the depth chart

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