Date: September 26, 2016
Why this is disturbing: Derrick’s focus on his game suggests a cavalier attitude towards sexual assault and a lack of sympathy for the victim. It’s not only insensitive, but could have further implications if the jury believes Jane Doe’s story.  

On September 26 at the Knicks’ preseason press conference when asked about the case, Rose claimed, “I am not worried about it.” In a similar line of questioning, Phil Jackson went even further, characterizing Rose as “not overly concerned and not losing sleep.” Rose deflected further questions in this vein, essentially pleading ignorance of “the system” and noting that while he hears about the trial in his “meetings,” his main concern remains basketball.