New York Knicks president Phil Jackson admitted that they were aware of the rape case filed against former MVP Derrick Rose before they make the trade in June. The trial will be scheduled on October 04 and has the possibility to coincide with the start of the 2016-17 NBA season.
The New York Knicks entered the recent offseason with the goal of finding a quality point guard. In June, they engaged in a trade deal with the Chicago Bulls to acquire Derrick Rose. The former MVP will now be teaming up with Carmelo Anthony with the goal of contending next season.
However, before the trade happens, Derrick Rose was allegedly involved in a gang rape case filed by his ex-girlfriend identified only as “Jane Doe”. With the current issues, Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks were asked if they were aware of Rose’s situation before making the trade.
“We are aware of it. Investigation is a big word.” Jackson said.
According to New York Daily News, “Jane Doe’s” representative suspected that the Chicago Bulls decided to trade rose because of the pending lawsuit. He added that the Knicks were not aware of the situation that could have led them to agree with the deal.
“I think (the Knicks) should’ve conducted that big word (and called me),” Anand said Wednesday. “I think I would’ve shown them the documents that were public, that were fair game, and I think it all speaks for itself. (Rose’s) testimony certainly revealed a lot. Just showing them the evidence that’s already out, they would’ve gotten a very clear idea about what actually happened.”
If the trial proceeds on October 4, Derrick Rose will be missing at least two preseason games and multiple practices which are very important on his first stint with the Knicks. With this, Brandon Jennings will be forced to temporarily take the place of Rose as the Knicks’ starting point guard.
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