Last night, we heard a bombshell accusation made when we learned that Derrick Rose was being sued by an ex-girlfriend alleging Rose and his friends drugged and raped her. This evening the Bulls' star released a statement addressing the matter. Keeping it brief, Rose told USA TODAY:

"“I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season. I am not going to comment other than to say – I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”

Previously, one of Rose's lawyers Lisa Cohen also denied the claims made in the lawsuit by saying:

“The plaintiff's allegations are completely false and without any factual basis. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete.  Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars. This is the third lawyer the plaintiff has retained in this matter. Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff, and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago.  We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous.”

[via USA TODAY]

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