Raiders’ Gareon Conley Cleared Of Rape Charges

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The Oakland Raiders and 1st round draft pick Gareon Conley received some big news today regarding the cornerbacks future.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Conley was not charged by the grand jury for rape allegations that surfaced prior to the NFL draft back in April of this year.

“He had faith in the system,” Conley’s attorney Kevin Spellacy said. “He is vindicated. He looks forward to contributing in the National Football League.”

NBC Sports’ Scott Bair tweeted the following statement from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office:

Since the allegations came before the NFL draft, Conley will not be punished by the league.

The Raiders gambled by selecting Conley with the 24th overall pick especially with this cloud hanging over his head.

Despite the uncertainty, Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was confident in their decision to select him, as he stated during an interview with the MMQB’s Peter King.

“I understand the issues involved,” McKenzie said.

“But we did our research, and we read all the reports, and we did more than our due diligence. After all the information we got, we were comfortable with making this choice and confident in who this player is.”

Oakland can now move forward with one of the top prospects in this year’s NFL draft and Conley can return to focusing on just football from this point forward.