A Cuyahoga County grand jury announced Monday that Oakland Raiders first-round pick Gareon Conley will not be charged in connection to sexual assault allegations brought against him prior to this year’s draft.

In his first public comments since the decision, the rookie cornerback expressed both a sense of relief and his gratitude to law enforcement, the Raiders, and his representation.

From ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

I am thankful that this burden has been lifted as I enter training camp with my new teammates and organization. I am thankful to the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland police for reaching a conclusion based on the facts, not speculation. I am thankful to the Raiders organization for believing in me, drafting me, and supporting me. Finally, I am thankful to my agent and my team for never relenting in their defense of me as a person and client.

The past few months have been extremely trying for me and my family. Although I was the target of malicious and false accusations, I do realize however that I could’ve exercised better judgment and that there are still lessons for me to take away and grow from.

I look forward to earning my role with The Raiders and hopefully rewarding them for believing in me.

Conley began training camp on the physically unable to perform list with shin splints, but general manager Reggie McKenzie revealed Monday that he doesn’t anticipate an extended absence from practice.

The former Ohio State standout should compete for a cornerback role in nickel packages alongside returning starters Sean Smith and David Amerson.

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