At the New York Knicks 2016 Media Day, Derrick Rose said that he felt like he was “innocent” and “didn’t do anything wrong” when discussing the accusation that he and two friends gang raped a woman in August 2013. Rose and his two friends, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, have been entangled in a civil trial in Los Angeles since October 4.
After a very public civil trial, Rose, Hampton and Allen were found not liable for trespassing, sexually battery and battery by a jury , according to The Los Angeles Times:
A federal jury in Los Angeles on Wednesday ruled that NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends did not rape a woman, handing the men a victory in a high-stakes civil trial.
Rose, 28; Randall Hampton, and Ryan Allen had been accused of breaking into the woman’s Los Angeles apartment and having sex with her when she was incapacitated from a night of drinking and, she claimed, being drugged by the men.
After roughly three hours of deliberations, the panel of six women and two men rejected those claims. They found instead that the evidence showed the woman, who had been in a relationship with Rose, consented to the late-night encounter in 2013.
Rose has not played or practiced with the New York Knicks since the team’s first preseason game against the Rockets on October 4. According to the New York Post, Rose is not expected to play tonight’s game against Boston or in tomorrow night’s preseason finale against the Brooklyn Nets, but is expected to be in the lineup when the regular season opens in Cleveland on Tuesday night:
Wednesday’s preseason match in Boston will be the fourth straight preseason game Rose will have missed. He’s also been absent for seven practices. All told, Rose will have one preseason game under his belt entering the opener.
“It would’ve been nice if he was here and played and got in a rhythm with guys,’’ Hornacek said. “We do have some days of practice before the first game. Even after the Cleveland game, we’ll have time to do things.’’
The Knicks likely will not practice Friday, but Rose will be able to scrimmage Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Knicks also have three days off after the Cavaliers opener before their home debut against the Grizzlies. Hornacek said Rose “probably’’ will start if he gets back into condition, but he won’t see the Barclays Center.
“I don’t think he’ll get back until tomorrow the earliest,’’ Hornacek said. “Probably not [be at the Brooklyn game]. He’ll come in Friday and we’ll review a lot of things with him.’’