Donald Huskey | Contributing Writer
Derrick Rose has been dealt a multitude of misfortunes throughout his NBA career. Rose has torn his meniscus and Achilles several times over the years, which altered his once promising career. He was even traded from his hometown Chicago Bulls without him knowing. But, through it all, Rose has remained optimistic.
Unfortunately, just as it looked like the former MVP was turning over a new leaf with the New York Knicks, another trial has been thrown his way. This time, it is off the court and it is a situation that could see Rose lose millions of dollars.
Lindsay Gibbs reported that a civil suit was filed on August 26, 2015 by “Jane Doe” against Rose and two of his friends, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, accusing them of rape . Doe’s suit states that the three drugged her at a party in Los Angeles and raped her while she was unconscious in her apartment on August 27, 2013. They must appear in court to begin the civil trial on October 4.
The fact that Rose is being sued solely for money brings Doe’s character into question.
With Doe’s history of pursuing wealthy celebrities, Rose’s lawyers believe this suit is just an act to take roses money and not an act of justice.
One of Roses attorneys referred to Doe’s Instagram account and stated “In these images, Plaintiff is dressed in provocative attire, is in sexually suggestive poses, and is in photographs indicating that she engages in sexually charged encounters with more than one man at a time.”
Doe also does not want her real name revealed to the media during the trial due to the additional amount of slander that she will receive. Rose’s lawyers have not agreed to call her “Doe” throughout the trial for several reasons. According to AP reporter Janie McCauley, during a court filing in Los Angeles, Roses lawyers wrote “This is not a rape case. It’s pure and simple extortion by a plaintiff who wants to hide behind the cloak of anonymity while seeking millions in damages from a celebrity with whom she was in a long-term nonexclusive consensual sexual relationship.”
Throughout all of the scandal, Rose has stayed positive. The LA Times reported on the opening statements on the civil lawsuit wednesday. Waukeen McCoy, the attorney for the accuser said the three men, including Rose, “took turns raping her,” while she was “in and out of consciousness.” The woman has asked for the jury to award her $21 million.
Rose first came into the NBA in 2008, and shortly after became one of the league’s most electrifying point guards. Now, this is one of Rose’s last chances to reclaim his superstar status in the NBA and he is fully aware of it. “I haven’t talked to anyone and this is my first time hearing about it (the investigation). But once again, I’m not worried about it.”
Rose is already on thin ice in the NBA due to his injury prone body and he can’t afford legal issues as well. This will cause him to be a burden to his team and to his sponsors. Rose has to focus solely on getting back to MVP form and helping his Knicks win an NBA Title.