Former Colts linebacker Josh McNary was found not guilty on all charges in his sexual assault trial on Thursday.
McNary, 27, was charged with rape in January after an alleged Dec. 1 incident involving a woman he met at a downtown Indianapolis bar. He pleaded not guilty. Closing arguments ended Thursday and found him not guilty on all counts, including rape, criminal confinement, and battery.
McNary called the experience “traumatic” and “tragic” as he addressed reporters, saying he planned to continue his football career.
The woman alleged that she had tried to stop McNary's sexual advances after they had kissed and that a physical altercation occurred prior to the sexual assault. She left McNary's apartment with his cell phone, then contacting police.
The Colts subsequently placed McNary on the commissioner's exempt list the week leading up to the Colts' AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots. He became a free agent in the offseason and was not re-signed by the Colts. He played in 15 games for Indianapolis last season and started four, registering 16 tackles and half a sack.