Raiders first-round draft pick Gareon Conley met with Cleveland police as scheduled on Monday, regarding a sexual assault allegation made against him.
A source relayed the information to NBC Sports California later that afternoon.
Conley vehemently denied wrong doing, calling a rape accusation “completely false” in a statement released last week, and told Bay Area reporters he was confident the matter would be resolved.
Conley also submitted a DNA sample to Cleveland police on Monday.
The allegation stems from an April 9 incident at the Westin hotel in Cleveland, where a woman said someone she later identified as the Ohio State cornerback sexually assaulted her.
Conley has not been arrested or charged in relation to the incident.
Conley said he has witnesses and video evidence that help clear him of wrongdoing.
Conley’s attorney Kevin Spellacy told NFL Network that Conley’s legal issues won’t be resolved for 6-8 weeks, and will be reviewed by a Cuyahoga County prosecutor.
Spellacy also told NFL Network that Conley and the woman accusing him of misconduct had a consensual sexual encounter, but that her version of events is not accurate. Spellacy clarified his statement to NFLN later in the evening, stating that Conley and the woman did not have sexual intercourse. He also stated the Conley has said nothing inconsistent in describing the events of April 9.
The accuser’s attorney, Patrick Thomas, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer last week that his client is cooperating with a police investigation and is hoping for criminal charges to be filed.
The Raiders investigated the matter thoroughly, and were confident enough that Conley will be cleared to select him in the first round.
RAIDERS 2018 OFFSEASON SCORECARD
WR Jordy Nelson (cut by Green Bay): 2 years/$15 million, $13 million guaranteed
CB Rashaan Melvin (UFA; Indianapolis): 1 year/$6.5 million
LB Tahir Whitehead (UFA; Detroit): 3 years/$18 million, $9 million guaranteed)
S Marcus Gilchrist (UFA; Houston): 1 year
RB Doug Martin (cut by Tampa Bay): 1 year
FB Keith Smith (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$4.2 million
TE Derek Carrier (UFA; L.A. Rams): 3 years/$7 million
DE Tank Carradine (UFA; San Francisco): 1 year
LB Kyle Wilbur (UFA; Dallas): 2 years/$3.25 million
LS Andrew DePaola (UFA; Chicago): 4 years/$4.27 million
WR Griff Whalen (but by Baltimore)
Re-signed/extensions/contract tenders offered
DT Justin Ellis (UFA): 3 years/$15 million; $6 million guaranteed)
TE Lee Smith (UFA): 3 years
K Giorgio Tavecchio (ERFA): 1 year/$555,000
DE/LB Shilique Calhoun (ERFA): 1 year/630,000
S Erik Harris (ERFA)
DE James Cowser (ERFA)
OL Denver Krikland (ERFA)
CB Sean Smith (released)
CB David Amerson (released; Kansas City)
RT Marshall Newhouse (released)
LB Aldon Smith (released)
WR Michael Crabtree (released; Baltimore)
DL Denico Autry (UFA; Indianapolis)
CB TJ Carrie (UFA; Cleveland)
UNSIGNED FREE AGENTS
S Reggie Nelson (UFA)
K Sebastian Janikowski (UFA)
LB NaVorro Bowman (UFA)
LS Jon Condo (UFA)
QB EJ Manuel (UFA)
S Keith McGill (UFA)
UFA-Unrestricted free agent: Free to sign with any team
ERFA-Exclusive rights free agent: Player has no outside negotiating power
NOTE: Contract figures obtained by, league sources, NFLPA sources or overthecap.com
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RAIDERS 2018 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: No. 10 overall
2. Second round:No. 41 overall
3. Third round: No. 75 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 110 overall
5. Sixth round: No. 185 overall
6. Sixth round: No. 192 overall
7. Sixth round: No. 210 overall*
8. Sixth round: No. 212 overall*
9. Sixth round: No. 216 overall*
10. Sixth round: No. 217 overall*
11. Seventh round: No. 228 overall
* compensatory pick
The Raiders signed veteran running back Doug Martin on Thursday, prompting many to believe the move meant the end of Marshawn Lynch's time in Oakland.
But as it has been expected, Martin is just another piece to go along with Lynch in the Raiders' backfield. According to multiple national reports, Lynch will remain in Silver and Black this upcoming season.
The news will become official when the Raiders pay Lynch his $1 million roster bonus on Sunday.
“One of the reasons I’m excited to be with the Raiders is to join forces with Lynch. We’ll see what happens," Jon Gruden told Insider Scott Bair at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We have to take a look at the entire roster, but I’m counting on him. I’m counting on him being a big part of this football team.”
Lynch, 31, rushed for 891 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, and scored seven touchdowns for the Raiders in 2017.