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Derrick Rose spokesperson calls lawsuit alleging rape “outrageous,” a “shakedown”

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A woman saying she was a former girlfriend of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has filed a lawsuit against him featuring some very serious and troubling allegations — that he and a friend had drugged and gang raped her. These came without criminal charges — she had not gone to the police about the alleged incident two years ago — but certainly were serious charges she made through a civil lawsuit seeking damages (read: money).

Derrick Rose responded through a spokesperson and called it all BS (in so many words. Via the tweets of Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal.

The plaintiff’s allegations are completely false and without any factual basis. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete. Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars. This is the third lawyer the plaintiff has retained in this matter. Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago. We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous.

The Bulls also issued a statement, and decided to stay out of this.

As I noted in the story we did on the woman’s lawsuit, I would caution jumping to any conclusions. None of us were there, we don’t know what happened or didn’t happen. The story has the potential to be spun toward a couple of stereotypes — the entitled athlete or the gold digging woman — and real answers are rarely that simple.

The elusive truth — which likely feels very different to the two people involved — could fall anywhere on a large spectrum.

With Rose, he knows the reality of being a star athlete in this country — if he plays well, these allegations will pretty much be forgotten or ignored by fans.

Report: Clippers, Glen Davis still talking about potential deal

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The Clippers have an improved front line rotation. Of course Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will start (and get the most minutes), but now behind them will come Josh Smith and Cole Aldrich. Brenden Dawson is in the mix. Plus, Paul Pierce can play some four (and Griffin some five) if the Clippers want to go small and run even more. Doc Rivers has options.

Does Rivers need Glen Davis, too?

Big Baby has been mulling playing overseas, but his people and the Clippers are still talking, reports Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

The Clippers have 14 guaranteed contracts on the books (Dallas has a full 15, they would be offering a partially guaranteed deal as they did JaVale McGee). Many teams leave the 15th slot open, allowing them flexibility in trades and signings as the season goes forward.

Do the Clippers need one more big at the end of the bench more than that flexibility? Davis averaged 12.2 minutes a game last season, and that would drop to spot duty this season — Davis would be at the end of the bench and out of the regular rotation. That’s where he lands on most rosters at this point in his career — he’s the “break glass in case of emergency” big.

But for now, Doc and the Clippers are still thinking about it.

Andrew Wiggins throws it down and J.J. Barea ends up in poster (VIDEO)

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Canada and Puerto Rico met in the finals of the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup, which is essentially a tune-up for FIBA Americas, which starts next week (that event is a 2016 Rio Olympics qualifier).

What we learned in this game is that if Canada’s Andrew Wiggins wants to dunk, Puerto Rico’s J.J. Barea will not be able to stop him. Not even close.

Wiggins finished with 20 points and Canada won 78-72, picking up its first Continental Cup. There is a lot of hype in Canada that for the first time since 2000 their national team could make the Olympics — the top two finishers at FIBA Americas in Canada get their cards punched for Rio. Canada (with eight NBA players) looks like a team that could make it. Especially if Wiggins keeps doing that.

 

LeBron James sells Miami home for cool $13.4 million

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LeBron James’ Miami home was a little nicer than yours (or mine). It was right on the water in the Coconut Grove area, with six bedrooms and eight-and-a-half bathrooms, a game room, a theater, a wine cellar, a pool, and it came with stunning views.

Of course, what with his return to Cleveland and all, he didn’t have much use for it, so he put it on the market.

Turns out, it also was a tad more expensive than your place — LeBron sold it recently for a cool $13.4 million, reports Darren Rovell at ESPN.

James originally put the 12,178 square foot home in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood on the market for $17 million in October. The price was dropped to $15 million in March and was eventually sold for $1.6 million less.

LeBron still turned a $4.4 million profit, based on what he paid for it when he took his talents to South Beach. Which is good, I was really worried about LeBron’s financial standing and lifestyle.

Considering the lower cost of housing, can you imagine what $13.4 million buys you in Akron?

Report: Derrick Rose being sued by ex-girlfriend alleging rape, drugging

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Drama and controversy have swirled around Derrick Rose in recent years, and that continues even as he starts to gear up for what he hopes is a return-to-form season for the Bulls.

Rose is being sued by someone saying she was a former girlfriend and she alleges some troubling, criminal activities by Rose including rape. TMZ has the story, and I warn you that the report is very graphic, so if you’re easily offended you may want to stop here (and don’t click the link).

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, says she and Rose dated from 2011 to 2013.  During that time, Rose allegedly tried to pressure her to masturbate in front of him, allow him to have sex with her friends and engage in group sex with strangers, all of which she says she refused….

Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and gang raped her while she was incapacitated. She says she remembers only “flashes” of the incident, but can remember the defendants forcibly raping her. She claims she waited for two years to file the suit because she was “ashamed and embarrassed” of what happened and concerned her “conservative family” would find out.

There is no criminal report filed in this case.

A spokesman for Rose responded, calling the lawsuit baseless and a “shakedown.”

It would be a mistake to speculate on what is alleged here (take it from a former crime reporter, the first filings of a civil suit are but the first steps of a long, winding journey). If Rose did what is listed in the suit, more than financial restitution to the woman is in order — these are crimes and the criminal justice system should step in. But there remain many questions, ones none of us are in a position to answer.

But this doesn’t make Fred Hoiberg’s job any easier, nor is this the kind of issue the Bulls will want hanging over them as they head into training camp.