Gareon Conley accused of sexual assault days before National Football League draft

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Ohio State standout Gareon Conley, a projected first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, has been accused of rape.

Conley, a defensive back, is expected to be chosen somewhere in the first half of the first round of the NFL Draft later this week. Conley has denied the accusations but police are now investigating the situation. TMZ's report notes that two of Conley's friends told police they were on hand and said Conley and the accuser were together, but that the rape did not occur. A spokeswoman with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office told that the police have not turned over any information related to the investigation.

According to TMZ, Conley's attorney vehemently denied the allegations against Conley, saying they're "ludicrous and ridiculous".

"I was excited about participating in Thursday's draft, but I have decided that it would be selfish for me to stay and be a distraction to the National Football League, the other players, and their families who have worked just as hard as me to enjoy the experience so I will not be in attendance", Conley said. She claimed Conley then kicked her out of the room. The accuser says she declined and offered to watch the other couple have sex in the hotel room bathroom instead.

She said failing to gather the suspect's statement in a timely manner could hurt the ability to bring criminal charges, if necessary.

Both USA Today and the NFL Network reported that the alleged victim was transported to a hospital, and a rape kit was administered. The redshirt junior has a 4.44 time in the 40-yard dash and 37-inch vertical. Last year, a video of Laremy Tunsil smoking out of a gas mask appeared just before the start of the draft and the offensive lineman dropped to the 13th pick.

The La'El Collins story broke on the Tuesday before the draft two years ago, after the murder of a pregnant 29-year-old woman in Baton Rouge.

Mills' child was born a month prematurely despite her death but died one week later.



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