GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Gareon Conley #8 of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts a pass intended for Mike Williams #7 of the Clemson Tigers during the first half of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Ohio State NFL draft prospect Gareon Conley statement on rape allegations: ‘Completely false’

Gareon Conley has released a statement one day after news broke he is the subject of a sexual assault investigation in Cleveland

Through his lawyer, the former Ohio State cornerback denied the allegations he raped a woman in a hotel room in early April. 

“The things being said about me and what happened that night are not true and don’t fit my character at all,” the statement reads in part. “I realized that I put myself in the situation and I could have used better judgement. However I have worked tirelessly to put myself in position to have the honor of being an NFL draft pick and these untrue allegations are putting a huge cloud over my name and the NFL draft.” 

No charges have been filed against Conley, who canceled plans to attend the draft, which begins Thursday night in Philadelphia. 

He had been projected as a first-round pick and called the allegations “an attempt to ruin this once in a lifetime experience for me and my family.” 

Conley also says “several witness, including another female, who were present the entire time and have given statements that give an accurate account of what took place.” 

He also referenced the existence of video evidence that “discredits and disproved other versions of these events.” 

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