No, Derrick Rose didn’t ‘overcome’ his gang rape allegation | Anya Alvarez

The sports media has heaped praise on the former MVP for his persistence through adversity, but folding his ongoing sexual assault case into a comeback narrative is an insult to survivors

“He’s got a lot of stuff going on off the court, and I’m not a judge and I’m not a jury, and to my estimation he’s not been convicted of anything … but he plays hard.” These were the words of Fox Sports commentator Jim Petersen at the end of Wednesday night’s NBA game between the Timberwolves and Jazz, where Minnesota’s Derrick Rose poured in a career-high 50 points.

It marked a stunning and emotional revival for the 30-year-old point guard, whose playing career has been undone by a litany of injuries in the seven years since he was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, becoming the youngest ever recipient of the league’s top individual honor.

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