Raiders “Totally Convinced” Gareon Conley Will Be Cleared
If the legal matters surrounding Raiders’ first-round pick Gareon Conley are giving the team any anxious moments, general manager Reggie McKenzie isn’t letting it on.
On Wednesday, McKenzie told SiriusXM NFL Radio that the team “researched everything thoroughly and were totally convinced” by Conley’s version of the incident.
One reason the Raiders may have felt even more comfortable revolves around the fact that the alleged incident happened before Conley was drafted – meaning that from a football standpoint, Conley will not be subject to NFL discipline regardless of the court decides.
“Conley won’t be subject to discipline because the alleged conduct occurred before he was drafted, according to ProfootballTalk’s Mike Florio. “While he necessarily would be unable to play if, for example, he is convicted on first-degree felony charges and sent to prison, the NFL can’t and won’t suspend him for something that happened before he became an employee of an NFL team.”
In other words, if Conley and his accuser agree to a settlement of some kind, which some have suggested is the absolute worst-case scenario for the former Ohio State standout, the NFL will still be powerless to keep Conley off the field.