The civil suit against Derrick Rose for the alleged rape of a former girlfriend has been a twisted, sordid mess of accusations and recriminations, but after three hours and 45 minutes of deliberations following the conclusion of the trial on Tuesday, the jury has returned a verdict of not liable on all counts. Rose is now free to return to basketball activities with the Knicks after missing much of training camp and the preseason.
The plaintiff, whose identity has been protected under the alias “Jane Doe” throughout the proceedings, accused Rose and two of his friends – Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen – of gang-raping her one night in Los Angeles in 2013. Rose and his team have insisted that the encounter was consensual and that the charges were nothing more than a brazen attempt on Doe’s part to extort money from the former NBA All-Star. Doe was seeking $21.5 million in the suit.