A grand jury in Cuyahoga County, Ohio declined to indict Gareon Conley, a cornerback with the Oakland Raiders on an allegation of rape, just hours after his case had been forwarded on Monday from the Cleveland Police Department.
The jury returned a no bill on all of the possible charges, said the prosecutor in Cuyahoga County in a prepared statement.
Conley, the Raiders pick in the first round this past April, was not available to make comments for reporters at the team’s Napa training camp.
However, general manager of the Raiders Reggie McKenzie asked if the smile on his face told the reporters anything. He added he was excited for Conley calling it tough on someone to go through that.
On April 9, a woman said that she was raped by Conley in a Cleveland hotel downtown. Conley, who in the case was never charged or arrested, told the police May 1 that there had been a sexual encounter but it had been consensual.
Conley’s attorney Kevin Spellacy said that his client had faith in the legal system and was rewarded for it. He was vindicated said Spellacy.
McKenzie said that the team had done a great deal of research prior to selecting the cornerback out of Ohio State with the No. 24 pick overall. McKenzie added that his faith increased as the entire process was carried out.
McKenzie said he did not want to go into any detail, but the organization had felt confident going into the grand jury and all the data received said it would end up the way it did.
McKenzie said Conley would be returning to practice in the next couple days once his shin splints are better.
The news of the alleged rape broke just two days prior to the NFL Draft and Conley dropped as many as 10 spots from where he had been originally projected to be selected.
His value might surface quite quickly as he will potentially challenge both David Amerson and Sean Smith for a starting spot once he is completely healthy.
McKenzie feels that the way Conley covers and the athletic skills he has, he will be an NFL No. 1 corner and a huge asset to the Raiders defense.
Head coach Jack Del Rio called Conley a smart young kid and expected him back on the field shortly.
McKenzie addressed the holdout of Donald Penn a left tackle saying he had a deal and the team wants him to report, as the team will not discuss his contract unless he is in camp.