Derrick Rose is ‘very confident‘ that he will be proven innocent of rape allegations.
In the August lawsuit, the woman alleges that the 2011 NBA MVP and two of his friends sexually assaulted her two years ago. Rose and his lawyer denied the allegations from the start saying, “The plaintiff's allegations are completely false and without any factual basis."
“I think you all saw everything that was put out,” Rose said on Monday. “I will be proven innocent, but at the same time it hasn't affected anything. It's not true," Rose said, adding, "I take it as motivation. I feel like the devil is just working.”
“I'm very confident that I will be proven innocent,” Rose later added.
Rose on changing personal life in light of lawsuit: "The story is false. I don't have to change anything."— Sean Highkin (@highkin) September 28, 2015
Rose's camp says he was in “a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years.” The woman was identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit.
Rose, a three-time All-Star, played in 51 games last season, averaging 17.7 points and 4.9 assists per game.
Chicago will open the regular season on Oct. 27 against the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Watch Rose's response to a reporter's question on the allegations below:
- Christopher Chavez