Oh, boy. Another athlete rape case on our hands – This time, the accused is NBA star, Derrick Rose.
Last Tuesday, the Chicago Bulls guard and his legal team reveal in a court document that they are ready to fight against accusations that he drugged and gang-raped his ex-girlfriend two years ago.
According to a civil lawsuit by “Jane Doe,” (Anonymous. That’s rare) in August 2013, Rose and two friends went to the her apartment early morning after a late night out, entered through an unlocked door and took turns raping her.
The suit then explained that she waited two years to speak up because she was “ashamed and embarrassed by what had happened to her” and she didn’t want her conservative family to find out. (Until now of course.)
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Rose’s lawyer, Lisa Cohen previously responded to the accusations by stating that
“the plaintiff’s allegations are completely false and without any factual basis … The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars.”
Rose himself told reporters at Monday’s Bulls media day that the allegation is false,
“I feel like I’m on the right track as far as who I want to be at, in my life and the direction I want to go,” he said. “I just feel like when you’re that focused, people try to take you down. I’m very confident that I will be proven innocent.”
Rose’s legal defense documents contend that “Jane Doe” only became upset “weeks or months” after the event, when Rose “wasn’t responsive enough to her texts” and she wasn’t reimbursed for “one of the sex toys she purchased and used [the] day and night” of the alleged incident.
It appears the case is only a civil matter because an online search of Los Angeles criminal court records to confirm whether a complaint had ever been filed against Rose found no results.
Although injuries forced Rose to miss about half of the 2011-2012 season and most of the 2013-2014 season, he bounced back in the 2014-2015 season, averaging 18 points per game.
The 27-year-old NBA star also comes in at No. 20 on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid athletes (when it comes to salary and endorsement deals – a $185 million shoe deal with Adidas included.)
We know it always begins with a confident “I’m innocent,” but let’s hope Rose’s tune stays the same with passing time.