Derrick Rose personally addresses rape allegation

NBA Basketball

Bulls guard Derrick Rose on Thursday denied a woman's claim that he and two of his friends drugged and gang-raped her in 2013.


ose made the denial in a statement to USA Today.

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“I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season,” Rose said in the statement. “I am not going to comment other than to say — I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”

The woman, who was identified only as Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in California alleging Rose, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen broke into her apartment and raped her after she had been drugged during an earlier visit to Rose's house in Beverly Hills. Hampton is Rose's business manager.

The Bulls issued a statement Thursday afternoon.

“We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time,” the team said.

A spokesperson for Rose, in a statement released early Thursday (via Sports Business Journal's Liz Mullen), said the lawsuit was an attempt at extorting money from Rose.

"The plaintiff's allegations are completely false and without any factual basis," the spokesperson said as part of a series of tweets. "This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete. Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars. This is the third lawyer the plaintiff has retained in this matter. Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago. We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous."