Gareon Conley Will Not Face NFL Discipline for Sexual Assault Allegations

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2017

Cornerback Gareon Conley runs a drill during football Pro Day at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, March 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy confirmed Tuesday that Oakland Raiders first-round pick Gareon Conley will not be subject to the league's personal conduct policy regarding his sexual assault allegation. 

McCarthy said Conley will not face discipline because the alleged incident happened before the NFL draft, per ESPN.com.

Conley, 21, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Cleveland hotel April 9. No charges have been filed, and Conley has denied the allegations publicly.

According to TMZ Sports, Conley told investigators the woman gave him "brief oral sex" but they did not have intercourse. However, the woman said the former Ohio State star "grabbed her, spun her around and raped her from behind."

The Raiders selected Conley with the No. 24 overall pick in last Thursday's draft despite the allegations. Team officials have tried to focus on football since taking him but made it clear in public statements they did their own internal investigation into the matter. 

“I don’t want to get into all the details about who we talked to, all of that stuff,” general manager Reggie McKenzie told reporters. “But the bottom line is we’ve done miles and miles of research to make sure we were totally comfortable with our decision, which we were.”

While the NFL will not punish Conley for his actions now, he could be considered a repeat violator should a similar accusations occur during his career. The league's policy says "conduct occurring prior to the players' association with the NFL" may be used in assessing the severity of future punishments for off-field actions.