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.
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.
Turns out Jimmy Butler is not the only NBA star who loves him some Taylor Swift.
Add Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook to the list — he was rockin’ out to her Tuesday night.
We can also add Kobe Bryant to the list — he came out on stage in Los Angeles and presented her with one of those cheesy sellout banners that hang in arenas (I’m not a fan of those banners on principle).
There are probably others, but that’s enough for now.