Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley has been accused of rape, according to a Cleveland police report obtained by TMZ Sports.
Conley, 21, has not been charged or arrested for the alleged incident, as Cleveland police are still investigating. Conley’s attorney, Kevin Spellacy, told WOIO-TV in Cleveland that the allegations are “ludicrous and ridiculous.”
According to the police report, a 23-year-old woman said that Conley had violated her in a bathroom of Westin hotel suite after meeting him in the hotel’s elevator at 3 a.m. ET on April 9. The alleged victim claims that Conley asked her to have “a foursome,” but that she declined and offered to watch the other couple have sex in the hotel bathroom, according to TMZ Sports.
She then stated that Conley raped her despite telling him “no, stop, it hurts,” and that he kicked her out of the hotel room afterwards. The woman then went to a local hospital where a rape kit was administered, according to the report.
Conley, who was projected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft, will no longer be attending the draft in Philadelphia this Thursday.
Source: #OhioSt CB Gareon Conley has decided not to be in Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2017
It’s unclear how exactly the alleged incident will impact Conley’s draft stock, but Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports that “at least one team” interested in taking him in the first-round will not select him if this “cloud remains” Thursday night.
Update: Conley has since released the following statement, via NFL Network.
“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 myself in the situation and I could have used better judgement. 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. We also have video evidence that further discredit and disprove other versions of these events. 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 name 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 that it would be selfish for 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 that I can be for the team and the community I will be in.”
While some teams may elect to pass on Conley, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that three NFL general managers predict he will be selected in the third-round.
After doing in-depth investigating into #OSU CB Gareon Conley’s situation, teams do believe he’ll be drafted now. 3 GMs predict third round.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 27, 2017