On Wednesday afternoon, Jon Greenberg of The Athletic reported that New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose has been cleared of all charges:
At courthouse, Derrick Rose and friends not liable/cleared of all charges.
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) October 19, 2016
Derrick Rose Cleared of All Charges in Court
Jane Doe, who accused Rose and two friends of raping her, was seeking $21.5 million. She claimed that she was intoxicated at the time, possibly from a drug put in a drink. She was unable to grant consent during the night in question. The jury must have disagreed with her case and ruled in Rose’s favor. The court had previously denied a motion by Rose’s legal team for a dismissal or mistrial. Ryan Allen, younger brother of NBA veteran Tony Allen, was also accused and testified at the trial. Another friend of Rose, Randall Hampton, was also accused in the case. Jeff Hornacek, coach of the Knicks, said that Rose would not return to the team until the matter is fully resolved.
After months of dealing with this issue, which Doe first brought up in August 2015, it appears as though Rose can finally move on. The trial, however, started just last month. Fortunately for Rose, he will not have to deal with any more legal issues relating to the case.
Now that the trial is over, Rose will return to the Knicks and try to get his career back on track. He was traded from the Chicago Bulls this off-season, in exchange for center Robin Lopez and others. Rose, the 2010-11 MVP, is looking to get back to his old form. He’s dealt with injury issues and on-court struggles over the past few years.