The Oakland Raiders made a bit of a controversial pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, as they selected Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley.
Conley’s talent is unquestioned, as he was thought to be high first round talent, but just days before the draft he was accused of sexual assault in a Cleveland hotel.
He called the allegations “completely false”, and has complied with the Cleveland police in taking a DNA test and releasing a statement, in addition to taking a polygraph test before the draft, which his lawyer said he passed.
Despite the allegations, he is not being charged for the incident, although police are continuing to investigate.
Sexual assault is not something the NFL takes lightly, so it was thought that Conley could be in for somediscipline from Roger Godell’s office. But it appears that is not going to be happening since the incident occured before he was drafted, via ESPN.com:
Gareon Conley, the Oakland Raiders’ first-round draft pick who is accused of sexual assault, will not face discipline from the NFL.
That’s because the alleged incident occurred before the NFL draft. The news was confirmed Tuesday by league spokesman Brian McCarthy.
Conley had a very successful career on the field at Ohio State, as he played in 35 games in his three years. He had a total of 91 tackles, six interceptions and 15 passes defended. In 2016 he had 26 total tackles with four interceptions and eight passes defended.
While he is not being disciplined by the NFL for this incident, Conley will be being watched under a microscope from here on out by both the Raiders and NFL, so he will need to be on his best behavior is he wants to have a successful NFL career.