People Worried About Derrick Rose’s Knees, But Not His Looming Rape Trial?
Oh, and by the way -- that deal that brings Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks? It also comes with a civil trial for gang rape.
As you know, Rose was sent to NY from the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday in a swap that involved the Knicks sending center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon and guard Jerian Grant to Chicago, and Bulls' guard Justin Holiday, Rose and a 2017 second-round draft pick to the Knicks.
It's a gamble for the Knicks, who had to be wary of Rose's amazing collapsible knees (three surgeries so far -- one on the left knee and two on the right). Plus, he suffered a left orbital bone fracture this past preseason. Rose reportedly chose the Knicks because he wanted the spotlight, and now he's geting it -- in more ways than one.
On Oct. 3, the same day that the Knicks are schedule to begin their preseason a civil trial in federal court is set to begin -- as Rose and two friends are accused of gang raping a woman at her apartment in 2013. The woman, whose name was not released, is demanding $21.5 million, reports TMZ, which first reported the story in 2015. It didn't get much traction then, presumably because the woman, who says she had dated Rose before the incident, failed to report the alleged assault for two years. New York Daily News:
The sexual assault allegedly took place in August 2013, according to the plaintiff, who accuses Rose and his friends of slipping drugs into her drink at his Beverly Hills house. Although she managed to return home with the help of a friend, the alleged victim claims Rose and his crew broke into her apartment later that night and gang raped her while she was incapacitated.
She’s only coming forward with the accusations now because she was “ashamed and embarrassed” at the time of the alleged rape, according to the suit.
The friends are Rose's personal manager Randall Hampton and childhood friend Ryan Allen.
Rose's lawyer, Lisa Cohen, told TMZSports.com that the lawsuit is "outrageous." and "will be dismissed."
So that may be the case -- this could be dismissed. Or there could be a settlement. But if she indeed was assaulted, it wouldn't surprise anyone if she insisted on her day in court. And if there's any truth to the allegation, I hope she does. And the publicity will make Phil Jackson look like a big jerk, who had to know exactly what he was getting into when he made this deal.
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