Derrick Rose: ‘I Feel Like I’m Innocent’

by September 26, 2016

Derrick Rose faced the press Monday, and addressed his impending rape trial.

Rose maintains his innocence, and says he’s focused on his first season in a New York Knicks uniform.

The civil trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 4—barring any settlement—the day of the Knicks’ preseason opener in Houston.

Per the AP:

“My concern is just playing well this year,” Rose said. “I can’t think about the case. I feel like I’m innocent and I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong, like I said, and I can’t let that distract me with the year that I have ahead of me.”

 

A woman sued Rose last year in California, contending the former MVP and two of his friends raped her in August 2013 while she was incapacitated after a night of drinking. Rose and the others say they had consensual sex with her that night.

 

“I’m not worried about it, but if I do have to miss time, it’s a part of it,” Rose said. “Of course I don’t want to be in this position, but it is what it is and I’m going to let my lawyers and my team handle it.” […] Rose added that he hadn’t heard anything about a possibility of criminal charges being brought.

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