Devin Ebanks False Rape Charges Remain a Cautionary Tale for NBA Stars

T.J. Mcaloon@@tjmcaloonContributorDecember 7, 2011

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07:  Devin Ebanks (L) #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers chats with his teammate Derek Fisher #2 during the NBA Europe Live match between Los Angeles Lakers and Regal FC Barcelona at the at Palau Blaugrana on October 7, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Devin Ebanks just went through a nightmare scenario, being accused of raping a woman. He let the judicial process play out, and it turns out that the woman was lying about the situation.

However, his situation is a cautionary tale that could happen to a lot of professional athletes. According to TMZ:

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the alleged victim told police Ebanks took her home from a nightclub on September 13, 2011 ... but when she turned down his sexual advances, Ebanks "forcibly penetrated [her] vagina with his penis five to ten times."

Cops say the woman reported the alleged incident to police later that night.

But here's where it gets crazy -- cops say the woman wanted to get Ebanks to admit to the sex, so she sent him a text message FALSELY claiming he had given her a sexually transmitted disease.

But Ebanks didn't fall for the trap -- and replied that he couldn't have transmitted anything to her ... BECAUSE THEY NEVER HAD SEX!!! 

We're told the woman also underwent a sexual assault examination, which revealed no foreign DNA anywhere on her body.

The L.A. County District Attorney eventually decided the woman had no credible evidence to back her story -- and rejected the case against Ebanks.  

It’s good for Ebanks that the truth came out, and he does not have to go through a trial or having these allegations get dragged out even further. Now he is able to move on with his 2011 NBA season without having to worry about this legal case.  

However, this isn’t the first time that this woman has tried to make these allegations towards a pro basketball player. These athletes need to be a lot more careful when they go out at night. A situation like this, could and very well may happen again.  

The Ebanks story will hopefully teach a lot of professional athletes to be more aware with whom they associate themselves with. Because, with Ebanks being found to have not assaulted this woman, the accusations will live with him forever.  

No matter where Ebanks goes, this claim against him will follow him. It’s something that other professional athletes have to be aware of when they put themselves out there at night clubs or bars. 

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