Chicago Bulls Star Derrick Rose Accused Of Gang Rape By Ex-Girlfriend

Chicago Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose has had quite his share of hardships in recent years. Suffering consecutive injuries that sidelined him for the past few seasons, he hasn’t been on the court. With that said, Rose was one of the top athletes with major endorsements in the world, a fixture on television even though he was heavily absent on the court. His clean cut humble personality endeared him to fans across the world.

Today, Rose faces his first major off the court issue. An alleged ex-girlfriend of his, who is only being identified as Jane Doe at this point, has accused the NBA star and two of his friends of gang raping her. According to TMZ, the accuser says she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013, during that time she says the star athlete pressured her to masturbate in front of him and allow her to have sex with his friends. All of which she refused.

Things go on to get much hazier.

Rose’s accuser says the two continued to date until August 2013, when Rose and two friends, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton (who is also Rose’s personal manager), invited her to Rose’s Beverly Hills house. She says there, they slipped a drug into her drink with the aim of raping her.

The plaintiff says she escaped the house with a friend, but later that night, Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and gang raped her while she was incapacitated. She says she remembers only “flashes” of the incident, but can remember the defendants forcibly raping her.

The accuser says she waited years to file the report because she was “ashamed and embarrassed” of the repercussions it would bring to her conservative family.

Without a doubt, this looks to be one of the bigger headlines in the sports world for 2015. Surely, more will develop on the case over time.

This is as serious as serious gets.Rocko Rathon (@Rocko_CNK)

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What We Learned In Sports This Week (May 8-May 15)


From buzzer-beaters, to beating the air out of footballs, it has been another crazy week in sports. Most of the sports talk has revolved around the fall from grace of Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady. Brady was found to be “more than probable”  in the Deflatgate scandal. However, so much more has taken place this week besides the PSI pressure in footballs. Here are the top seven things we learn in sports this week.

Derrick Rose Beats the Cavs with a Shot for the Ages

A defining moment in the former MVP’s career comes at the perfect time

Every time Derrick Rose steps on the court, Bulls fans nationwide say a little prayer. They’re probably not even conscious of it anymore. All season, win or lose, they’d claim small victories when their star point guard finished the game standing on his own two, without limping or being carted off to the locker room. Even when he missed the final month of the season for an injury that everyone, even the oft-wary ESPN Chicago beat writers, were adamant was not severe, the sentiment around the Bulls and the NBA in general was ‘here we go again.’

That’s what happens when a young player like Rose, who became the most dominant point guard in the league and won MVP just 3 years after being drafted–a quicker ascent than another guy who used to play for the Bulls, you may have heard of him–effectively crashes and burns due to injury. In Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs, Rose tore his ACL, and would be held out for the duration of the 2012-2013 season. His long-awaited return in the 2013-2014 season quickly came to an end when he tore his meniscus just 3 weeks into the season. Since then, Russell Westbrook has emerged as the league’s most explosive point guard, and the Eastern Conference has sprouted many worthy successors to Rose’s short-lived reign, namely John Wall and Kyrie Irving. Still, the Memphis alum persevered, and never gave up hope that he would, one day soon, return to the form that made the Bulls legitimate contenders pretty much every year after 2010. This year however, Bulls fans had no expectations. They weren’t thinking that far. They just wanted him to leave every game the way he entered them: on two feet.

The Bulls were the third best team in the Eastern Conference this year, but many expected them to be the best in this year’s playoffs. They have the experience and gritty, scrappy defensive mindset the #1 seed Atlanta Hawks don’t, and the inconsistent play of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love raised a lot of eyebrows on ESPN when it came time for predictions. The fact that Love is now lost for the duration of the playoffs is an added benefit for the Bulls. Still, we all knew this would be a darn good series. There are often 3 Hall of Fame players on the court. It’s just another level of basketball.

Last night, in a pivotal game Game 3, Derrick Rose and the Bulls never gave up. Even if you’d normally be a fan of neither team, you found yourself rooting for the Bulls. The year’s Most Improved Player, Jimmy Butler, was flawless down the stretch, and played the best late game defense on LeBron James anyone’s seen in the Cavs’ forward’s career. Derrick Rose only came out of the game for a couple minutes at the end of the 3rd quarter; on the bench he was visibly itching to return. He hadn’t been on a stage this big since the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, and he wasn’t about to miss it.

After LeBron’s missed free throw–Jimmy Butler’s doing, of course–the Bulls had one chance to prevent the game from going into overtime, and Derrick Rose saw his opportunity. He took those long, confident strides almost the length of the 3-point arc, and when Taj Gibson set the most timely screen of the season, Rose knew what he had to do.

It was amazing. Unreal. If you were watching at home you got goosebumps. And if you didn’t have them after the shot, you sure as hell felt them creeping onto your arms during Rose’s celebration.

The stern look may have been expressionless, but it was hardly emotionless. This was a moment 3 years in the making. A moment of redemption many, even die-hard Bulls fans, weren’t sure would ever come. A stage the Bulls front office wasn’t sure it would ever again witness. ESPN analysts have talked for years about Rose never again being the Rose that won MVP in 2011. Some have even suggested the Bulls trade for another point guard that could “stay healthy” should Rose not “work out.” Just about everyone doubted that this moment would come.

Except Derrick Rose.

Derrick Rose Isn’t Playing Games, Evidenced by his Post-Game Interview

Derrick Rose is with the sh*ts, ladies and gentlemen

Though he suffered an injury towards the end of the regular season that sidelined him for about a month, Derrick Rose is back on the court in the NBA Playoffs, and he’s anchored his Chicago Bulls’ resilient play en route to a 3-1 lead in their opening round series with the upstart Milwaukee Bucks. In fact, if it weren’t for a game-winning lay-up by Jerryd Bayless as time expired in regulation yesterday afternoon, the Bulls might already have been awaiting their second round opponent Cavs.

Despite the loss, Rose reminded reporters how grateful he felt to still be a part of the Bulls, and still have an opportunity to go out and play with the guys that he loves. Why has he been able to conquer two season-ending injuries and countless setbacks to return to the best Derrick Rose form we’ve seen since his MVP season in 2011? Simple.

“I’m built for this shit.”

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Derrick Rose on The Bulls’ trouble: ‘It’s the whole team’

Raging Bull Derrick Rose isn’t holding his frustration back any longer. Especially after losing 6 of their last 8 games — one of which took place against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When approached by reporters after the  108-94 loss, Rose let loose saying that “Everybody has to be on the same page. Until then, we’re going to continue to get our ass kicked.”

When asked who isn’t on the same page, Rose replied, “It’s just the whole team.”

“I think communication is huge,” said the 2011 NBA MVP. “We’re quiet when we’re out there, and it’s leading to them getting easy baskets. We got to give a better effort. It seems like we’re not even competing, and it’s f—ing irritating.”

Despite the teams constant battle with injuries, Rose and coach Tom Thibodeau alike, believe that there are no excuses for not working hard.

We’re midway through the season,” Rose said. “That should be a part of [the discussion]. There’s no excuses. My biggest thing is competing. Playing this game for so long, when you don’t have that edge, we’re going to keep getting our ass whupped.”

Here’s coach Thibs thoughts on the matter:

“We’re not playing well in any aspect of the game, so we’re not giving ourselves a chance to win. Usually if you’re playing great defense and you’re rebounding the ball and keeping your turnovers down, you’re going to be in position to win no matter who you’re playing against, no matter where you’re playing. No matter who’s playing.

But if you don’t do those three things, then you’re not going to be in position to win. We’ve been able to overcome injuries because we’ve been able to do that. Right now we’re not a multiple-effort team, we’re not concentrating, we’re not doing our job. We got to change that. We got to change it.”

Jamaal Fisher (@jamaalfisher)