Rape charges against NBA coach Rob McClanaghan have been dropped

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Suffolk County (Mass.) Prosecutors. all charges dropped against NBA coaches Rob McClanaghan who was charged with drugging and raping a woman at a Boston hotel in November.

The Suffolk Borough Office Lawyer Kevin R. Hayden said: “they no longer believe they can prove the two allegations against them McClanaghan, raping and drugging someone for sexual intercourse beyond any reasonable doubt.”

That is a complete 180 of how prosecutors felt about the case in November. At that time Hayden believed There was substantial evidence against McClanaghan.

“I salute everyone from law enforcement [and] the people in my office who did a great job putting this case together,” Hayden said after McClanaghan’s indictment above The Boston Globe. “There is a lot of video evidence in this case. There is other physical evidence that comes into play that gives us confidence that we can prove this case, regardless of what toxicology tells us. … We will do everything we can to hold this man accountable for the crimes he has committed.”

The video evidence Hayden spoke of in November was video footage from the hotel bar that was allegedly shown McClanaghan sprinkling something into the woman’s drink, and also footage of the two of them entering their hotel room from the hallway.

The woman called the police and responded Ddetective noted Bruises on knees, ankles, hips, neck, arms and back. Assistant District Attorney Erin Murphy said the woman showed detectives a photo that McClanaghan sent to her phone the closest Morning which “depicted a man performing sexual acts on a woman on a bed resembling the victim’s hotel bed.” Also, the victim said her underwear was missing, and was found at McClanaghan’s home — along with other women’s underwear — after investigators executed a search warrant on his home, according to Murphy.

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“Based on a review of all available evidence, including information that became available after the defendant’s arrest, the Commonwealth has determined that it cannot prove these allegations beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.” prosecutors wrote in the document.

McClanaghan’s attorney, Kelli Porges, argued the video was of her client pretend playfully putting something in the drink while the alleged victim is watching him; video from the hallway shows them both willingly entering their hotel room; and the picture he sent was from an adult site.

Porges said the decision to drop the case showed her client’s innocence.

“Rob and his family are relieved this nightmare is over and he has been exonerated,” Porges said in a statement. “Rob has maintained his innocence in this case from the start and has now been rehabilitated.”

In 2022, a disturbing number of stories about women being drugged and assaulted in Boston-area bars were released on social media. It happened so often that the Boston Police Department warning that people only accept drinks from bartenders and carefully monitor those drinks at all times.

Now, less than four months after prosecutors began talking about a rock-solid case In this case, it has backed down with a written explanation as to why the charges were dropped.

Any Boston-area women who reported their assaults instead of going to the police are now further discouraged from doing so given Suffolk County’s decision.

https://deadspin.com/rob-mcclanaghan-nba-dropped-charges-1850207296 Rape charges against NBA coach Rob McClanaghan have been dropped

Ian Walker

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