Raiders CB Gareon Conley files countersuit against woman who accused him of rape


Raiders CB Gareon Conley files countersuit against woman who accused him of rape

Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley has filed a lawsuit against the woman who accused him of rape in April 2017.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury declined to indict him on criminal charges stemming from an incident in Cleveland less than a month before the 2017 NFL Draft.

Conley deemed the allegations false at the time, and maintained his innocence throughout the process.

His accuser filed a civil suit against Conley on April 6, 2017, seeking $25,000 in damages.

Conley has chosen to file a counter lawsuit, seeking compensation for damage to his reputation, draft stock and endorsement opportunities.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, he lost an endorsement deal with Nike because of the accusation. He reiterated his innocence in court filings, saying he turned down his accusers advances.

The Ohio State product was considered a top 15 talent heading into the draft, but was ultimately selected No. 24 overall by the Raiders despite the rape accusation.

He missed most of his rookie season with a shin injury that required surgery. He was cleared for full football activity this spring.

Five 2019 NFL Draft prospects Raiders could target with first-round picks


Five 2019 NFL Draft prospects Raiders could target with first-round picks

When the Raiders hired Jon Gruden, fans expected wins, and right away. That hasn't been the case in Year 1 of Gruden's second go in Oakland. 

Ahead of Sunday's slate of games, the Raiders (2-10) sit behind just the 49ers in the race for the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Oakland, however, is in a much different position than San Francisco. And, no, we're not talking about actually staying in the Bay Area. 

The Raiders have three first-round picks. Currently, they hold the No. 2 selection, plus the Bears and Cowboys' first-round choices acquired in the Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades. Gruden and Co. (most likely not GM Reggie McKenzie) can either use all three or build a package of picks to trade up in the draft.

Here are five players in the 2019 NFL Draft who the Raiders can target with their three first-round picks. This list does not include a quarterback, assuming Gruden sticks with Derek Carr.

Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Just like with the 49ers, or probably any team, the 2019 NFL Draft most likely will begin with Bosa. 

Bosa's season ended after just three games when he sustained a core injury against TCU and required surgery. He had 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for a loss in 29 games for the Buckeyes.

Going into Sunday, the Raiders had just 10 sacks, the worst in the NFL. Oakland can get the greater Bosa in the AFC West -- older brother Joey plays for the Chargers -- if they go this route.

Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama

Williams is just a redshirt sophomore, but his draft stock has been sky high with each passing week. He can play on the inside or the outside, and he has eight sacks with 18 tackles for a loss this season, one year after playing in just nine games. 

Good luck going against this 6-foot-4, 289-pound monster. Yes, we're talking to you, Kyler Murray

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Washington cornerback Byron Murphy deserves a long look, but we're going with Greedy as the top prospect at the position. Williams, another redshirt sophomore, is a long and fluid defensive back at 6-3 and 184 pounds. 

The Raiders could have a great duo locking up receivers if they add Williams with 2017 first-round pick Gareon Conley. 

Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

The ultra-athletic Oliver has received some comparisons to Aaron Donald, and for good reasons. Oliver burst on the scene as a freshman at Houston when he had 22 tackles for loss and five sacks. 

Though he was limited in eight games this season because of a knee injury, Oliver proved he's worth a top pick. The only issue for the Raiders could be that he reportedly has signed with the same agent as Mack and Cooper.

Devin White, LB, LSU

Listed at 6-1 and 240 pounds, White has incredible speed. He hasn't decided if he will declare for the draft, but if he does, he could be the exact player the Raiders need, since they're thin at linebacker. 

White has 278 tackles, 8.5 sacks, eight pass defenses, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries over his three-year college career.

Jon Gruden getting rid of Reggie McKenzie is no surprise, but now what?


Jon Gruden getting rid of Reggie McKenzie is no surprise, but now what?

Jon Gruden’s most enduring quality as a general manager has been his impatience, and with a 2-10 team, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
But Jason LaCanfora of broke the soon-to-be-not-news that Gruden has already made up his mind on overturning the Oakland Raiders’ front office as he has overturned the roster, and yes, that starts with titular general manager Reggie McKenzie.
This would not be a surprise, as everything Gruden has done since taking the job as the franchise’s capo di tutti capo has been aimed at jump-starting the teardown and rebuild he decided upon shortly after taking the job 11 months ago. Nor is it a surprise that his intentions would leak as the hints have been everywhere for everyone to see.
And this is not to take up for McKenzie. He was hired by Mark Davis, and Davis hired Gruden after that, which means that Gruden outranks McKenzie in Davis’ head and heart. In other words, McKenzie knew the job was dangerous when Gruden took it.
What isn’t said in the report, though, is how Gruden views his own role. I mean, he’ll say the last word on all football matters, but does he intend on still having the first, second, and third say as well? Does he see the need to parcel out spheres of influence for the new set of underlings, or would he prefer a right hand off whom he can bounce ideas and listen to ideas in response?

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Logically, the second path would make more sense because the coach/general manager dynamic is being discarded in most other places in the NFL (Bill Belichick being the exception). Gruden has enough on his plate as a coach, and much of the detritus of the general manager’s job gets in the way of his other job.
But Gruden has shown a distinct reluctance to delegate in any area, and the Raiders are not just undertaking a rebuild at player level. Indeed, this is the second comprehensive top-to-bottom housecleaning the team has undertaken since Al Davis died in 2011, which means that the old way of doing business was rejected in 2012, and the new way of business is being similarly ashcanned six years later.
Worse, the Raiders have replaced the ossification of the post-Super Bowl era which constant roil and churn that has advanced the franchise in only one way – to another location.
Gruden has done what we expected him to do – use his power to begin the cleanout of the McKenzie regime. It is the logical result of going 38-70 in a business where even going 70-38 has its detractors. However, what comes next is what matters more, and if Gruden thinks there is wisdom in being the center of all power, there will be another total rebuild in five more years. He has to learn the hardest lesson owners face – to hire wisely and then let those hires work.
Gruden doesn’t seem the sort to let that occur, though. He’s mastered the teardown because that’s the easy part. The actual rebuild is much more difficult, as he is about to learn.