Cleveland police have sent their findings from an investigation into a rape allegation against Oakland Raiders rookie Gareon Conley to a grand jury, which will determine whether charges will be filed, ESPN has confirmed.
A woman accused Conley of raping her April 9 at a hotel in downtown Cleveland. Conley has not been arrested, nor have charges been filed against him. He has denied the allegation.
Conley met with police in May and provided a statement and DNA sample. The NFL Network, which first reported the case would go to the grand jury, reported that Conley told police he had consensual sex with the woman.
Conley was a starting cornerback at Ohio State for two years and captain of the team in his last season. News of the accusation against him broke two days before this year’s NFL draft, and Conley’s stock slipped. A projected top-10 pick, he fell to the Raiders at No. 24 overall.
At the time, general manager Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders had done their “due diligence” on Conley and believed in his innocence, adding that they would not have used their first-round pick on him otherwise.
“We’re going to let the [legal] process play itself out. We trust in the research Reggie and his staff did before the draft, so we’ll let it play out,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said Monday.
Conley signed his rookie contract Friday and was placed on the team’s physically unable to perform list Saturday. He missed the final two days of minicamp in June. It is unknown what his injury is and how long he will be unable to practice.
ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.
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