Dont expect Gareon Conley to show up in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Sports Editor -Geoffrey Knox
Most of what we know about the story surrounding former Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Gareon Conley could have been ascertained without reading anything. It’s an all-to-familiar tale. It’s another one of those stories that we’ve, unfortunately, gotten used to hearing. All you have to do is plug in the names and locations.
One minute we’re in Waco, Texas at Baylor University. The next, we’re in Tallahassee, Florida, home of the Florida State Seminoles, and we’re asking questions about Jameis Winston. Here we are again, just days before the 2017 NFL Draft. Another young man once believed to be a first-round level talent has quite a few NFL franchises scrambling for information, and he’s in danger of seeing his stock slip. Regardless of what happens from here, it’s fair to ask the question. Why do these guys keep placing themselves in this position?
In a story released by NFL.com, Cleveland police have identified Conley as the subject of a rape allegation made earlier this month. Cleveland Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaccia confirms no warrant for Conley’s arrest has been issued yet and, to this point, he has yet to be interviewed by police. Conley’s attorney Kevin Spellacy describes the allegations as “ludicrous and ridiculous”.
Stories like these are always charged with emotion. There’s always the initial shock of what’s happened. That’s then followed by the sudden reflex where we sometimes assume guilt or innocence. That’s normally followed by a more mature level of thinking, the one in which we truly hope the truth comes to light and that everything works out for both sides. Whatever happens, we can only hope stories like this one decrease in their frequency.
April 27th is supposed to be the biggest day in the lives of the first 32 players to become the newest members of the NFL fraternity. Conley was believed to be included in that number. Now he’s in danger of not being drafted at all. NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport spoke on that possibility a short time ago.
Conley finished his collegiate career with four interceptions and eight passes broken up to go along with his 26 tackles in 2016. He and former teammate Marshon Lattimore were both seen as possible top-20 picks on Thursday. Now, Conley joins fellow former Big Ten Conference standout Jabrill Peppers, formerly of the Michigan Wolverines, in pre-draft controversy. We learned earlier this week that Peppers submitted a dilluted urine sample during the most recent NFL Combine.
We’ll all just have to wait and see what happens.
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