Gareon Conley will not face sexual assault charges stemming from an April incident at a Cleveland hotel, it was reported Monday. Conley, the former Ohio State cornerback, issued a statement about the issue Tuesday.
“I am thankful this burden has been lifted,” he wrote. He added: “I do realize however that I could’ve exercised better judgment and that there are still lessons for me to take away and grow from.”
Conley tweeted his full statement.
— Gareon Conley (@_gconley8) August 1, 2017
Despite the allegations that surfaced shortly before the NFL Draft, Conley was still selected in the first round (24th overall) by the Oakland Raiders. Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie spoke about the issue after drafting Conley.
“We did our research, and we read all the reports, and we did more than our due diligence,” he told Sports Illustrated. “After all the information we got, we were comfortable with making this choice and confident in who this player is.”