Conley Won't Face NFL Discipline

Former Ohio State defensive back Gareon Conley, selected in the first round of the NFL draft by Oakland last Thursday, met with Cleveland police Monday and gave a DNA sample as he continues to be investigated for rape, dating back to an incident at a Cleveland hotel April 9. 

 

According to the Associated Press, Conley denies a sexual assault took place but his attorney Kevin Spellacy, admits there was "a consensual sexual event" that did not include intercourse. Conley has not been charged. No matter what the resolution of the rape investigation is, Conley will not face additional penalty from the National Football League under its "personal conduct policy." As first reported by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, since the alleged incident occurred before the draft, Conley was not yet an NFL player and therefore cannot be disciplined further by the league.

 

Florio, however points out that based on what Conley's lawyer said Monday, compared with witness statements and Conley's statement last week, there are some potential inconsistencies in Conley's story. All of that will have to be sorted through by prosecutors in Cleveland, as they decide whether to pursue charges. Florio breaks down the case and those possible inconsistent statements in the video below. 

 

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