Knick Derrick Rose cleared in $21.5 million Rape lawsuit

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Derrick Rose

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

The newest New York Knick Derrick Rose can breathe a sigh of relief.  On Wednesday a Los Angeles jury cleared him the star in a lawsuit that accused he and two friends of gang raping his former girlfriend when she was inebriated from alcohol and drugs. 

The verdict was reached in federal court after testimony offering very different views of that August night back in 2013.  Rose said after the decision was made, "I am thankful that the jury understood and agreed with me," his statement said. "This experience and my sensitivity to it was deep. I am ready to put this behind me and focus on my family and career."

Everyone on both sides agreed the men all had sex with the woman, but the issue was whether she consented or was too intoxicated to legally give permission.   According to reports the woman’s lawyer referred to the three men as “Sexual Deviants,” and said the machination to get her drunk and take advantage of her succeeded. 

The woman testified in the $21.5 million lawsuit, while on the stand she trembled and became emotional when recalling the happenings in her apartment. 

The other two men are childhood friends of Rose and are currently employed by the 28-year-old point guard.  Ryan and Randall Hampton both portrayed themselves and Rose as victims of a gold digging conspiracy. 

Rose has suffered a series of knee injuries during his NBA career, after a Rookie of the Year award while with the Chicago Bulls and took home the MVP in 2011 the youngest player to ever win that honor. 

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