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.
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) September 26, 2016
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.