Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley is suing the woman he says falsely accused him of rape just prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, causing his draft stock to nosedive and costing him millions of dollars in endorsement deals.
According to TMZ Sports, in response to a civil lawsuit the woman filed in April, the Ohio State product filed legal documents alleging “false” allegations damaged his reputation, resulting in a draft-day slide and the loss of lucrative deals, “including a contract with Nike.” The woman reportedly accused Conley, 23, of sexually assaulting her in her Cleveland hotel room in April of 2017. Conley says the woman fabricated the claim after she became embarrassed when he rejected her. He maintains that by lying to authorities about the incident, she is liable for “malicious criminal prosecution.”
The case, which made it all the way to a grand jury last summer, was ultimately dropped by the Cleveland Police Department and Conley was never charged.
“After a thorough investigation by the Cleveland Police Department, the facts and circumstances surrounding the allegations of sexual assault against Gareon Conley were presented to a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned a No Bill on all possible charges,” the Cuyahoga County Prosector’s Office said in a statement.
Conley’s suit is reportedly seeking compensatory damages of no less than $25,000. Conley suffered a shin injury in minicamp last year and appeared in only two games for the Raiders in 2017 after undergoing surgery. He’s since recovered and is expected to play a vital role in the Raiders’ secondary this season.