New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose could be forced to face trial later this year after a judge failed to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Rose and two friends drugged and raped a woman.
This will not please Rose, whose lawyers had been arguing to have the case dismissed after he denied the allegations against him, and it means a possible trial could be hanging over him heading towards the start of the season.
Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald, who made the ruling, said there were many disagreements surrounding the facts in each story, and that although Rose’s version of events could most definitely convince a jury that his is correct, there is also enough reason to believe they could conclude the opposite.
The trial could now take place during Knicks training camp, which is expected to get underway at the start of the October, which could overshadow the player's preparations and training for the new campaign as the franchise targets a return to the playoffs.
It will be an important time for Rose, who will want to make an impact quickly in New York after he was traded to the Knicks this summer, as there has been a major player and staff change at the franchise since the end of the last season.
Training camp will be vital for new head coach Jeff Hornacek to get his players together for the first time, as they will need to quickly build up an understanding before the competition really begins.
A trial for one of their new star players could, therefore, be a problem for the franchise at a crucial time, so Rose will hope to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible and clear his name.