Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley filed a lawsuit against the woman who accused him of rape just before the 2017 NFL Draft.
TMZ Sports reported on Thursday that Conley claims that Brooke Puscian made false statements, damaged his reputation, hurt his draft stock and cost him multiple endorsement deals, including a Nike contract. He is seeking unspecified damages.
Conley said in the lawsuit that he turned down his accuser’s sexual advances, which allegedly led to her telling police that he sexually assaulted her in a Cleveland hotel room, per TMZ.
The rape allegation was brought before a grand jury in July 2017, but no charges were filed against Conley.
The woman alleged that Conley “physically touched and engaged in the sexual contact” and “sexually assaulted, battered and raped” her after meeting and partying at a nearby bar, per TMZ. Her suit also alleged that she “sustained serious physical, psychological, emotional and mental injuries.”
Despite pending accusations, the Raiders selected Conley with the 24th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. The 23-year-old recorded seven tackles while playing in two games last season.