A Los Angeles jury has ruled that Derrick Rose and two friends did not rape a woman who accused them of committing the act in 2013.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
After roughly three hours of deliberations, the panel of six women and two men rejected those claims. They found instead that the evidence showed the woman, who had been in a relationship with Rose, consented to the late-night encounter in 2013.
The eight-person jury alerted U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday that it had reached unanimous decisions on an array of allegations that a former girlfriend of the New York Knicks player had leveled against the men.
No criminal charges have been filed in the case. The woman reported the incident to Los Angeles police two years after the alleged rape and LAPD officials have said they are continuing to investigate it.
Since it was not a criminal case, Rose would not have went to jail had he been found guilty, he just would’ve been out of millions of dollars. However, with the LAPD’s investigation still open, this dark cloud may linger a little longer than Rose and company would like.
The case and its results centered around whether or not the accuser was intoxicated and aware of the sex that Rose assumed was consensual because they had slept with each other before.
With the case behind him, Rose can now focus on the next chapter of his oft-interrupted NBA career. He starts this season as a new member of the New York Knicks.
That said, what is up with this picture of Rose posing with jury members?