National Football League notebook: Grand jury hearing evidence in Gareon Conley trial

Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley tosses a ball during NFL football practice in June at the team’s training facility in Alameda California

National Football League notebook: Grand jury hearing evidence in Gareon Conley trial

The 1st round draft pick was accused of raping a woman at an OH hotel just days before the NFL Draft - and prosecutors kicked the case over to the grand jury on Monday morning. On Monday, a grand jury completed its investigation and decided against an indictment, according to FOX 8's Ed Gallek. The Raiders are expected to install Conley at slot corner in year one, where he'll play between LCB David Amerson and RCB Sean Smith. Conley has cooperated with the investigation and said he passed a polygraph test. The 22-year-old Conley met with Cleveland police in May and provided a voluntary statement to police and a DNA sample. Conley claimed he was never alone with the accuser and said, via his attorney, Kevin Spellacy, that a "consensual sexual event" had taken place. The Oakland Raiders eventually took a chance on him with the 24th selection and they were rewarded on Monday.

The development comes just days after the Oakland Raiders first-round pick signed his rookie contract with the team. "It's tough on a young man like that to go through this, and I'm excited for Gareon and the Raiders, for the process to work, like we thought".

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Conley opened Raiders training camp on the PUP list, though he's listed as day-to-day with shin splints.

He seemed ready to move forward.

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After the pick, General Manager Reggie McKenzie said the team completed "miles and miles of research" and was confident in his innocence.

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