Monday afternoon, Gareon Conley received possibly the best news of his life. Perhaps even bigger news than when he was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft last April. There would be no charges filed from sexual assault allegations against him that cropped up just prior to the draft which threatened to kill his NFL dreams before they began.
Tuesday he released a statement.
This is a fantastic statement from Conley. To thank all sides of this first, then go on to accept responsibility for a lapse in judgment, even if it’s the kind of judgment very few would be expected to have at 21 years of age. It’s a lesson most of us learn the easy way. He learned it the hard way, though it could’ve been much worse, but the lesson is learned.
Now Conley can focus on getting healthy and joining his new Raiders teammates in training camp.
But for now, charge your phone, Gareon.