Nearly one month after Derrick Rose was cleared of wrongdoing in a civil lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend, the New York Knicks point guard commented on how it has affected his reputation.
According to Julia Marsh of the New York Post, Rose called his former girlfriend's rape allegations a "fake case" and said the trial has taken an "irreparable toll on [his] public image."
Rose's ex-girlfriend alleged that the former NBA MVP and two of his friends gang raped her while she was drunk in 2013, but Rose and two other men were found not liable in the $21.5 million case on Oct. 19, per Marsh.
Following the resolution of the trial, Rose commented on whether he felt vindicated, according to ESPN.com's Ohm Youngmisuk:
A little bit. But at the same time, there was another person that was involved in this. So, if anything, I've just been praying for myself and praying for her because the issue is very big in the States and everywhere. So just praying for everyone that was involved and knowing that all this is out of my control.
The only thing I could work on is being a better person, being a better dad, brother, cousin, uncle. Being the best I could be so I could help others.
The 28-year-old former Chicago Bulls standout is now seeking $70,000 from his accuser to cover costs related to the trial, but she said she doesn't have the assets necessary to pay.
Rose's lawyer—Courtney Palko—has disputed that claim, however, and is moving forward in an attempt to obtain the money from the accuser, per Marsh.
While Rose won the civil trial, Los Angeles police are still conducting a criminal investigation with regard to the alleged rape.
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