Rose testifies: Interpreted text as consent for sex

LOS ANGELES — NBA star Derrick Rose testified Friday in a lawsuit accusing him and two friends of raping his ex-girlfriend, saying he interpreted a text message from the woman as consent to have sex with her later that night.

Called to the witness stand by a lawyer for the woman, Rose said he had split up with her before she texted him in August 2013 that he was the reason she “wakes up horny.”

Rose said he invited her over that night for drinks and expected sex would be involved.

Attorney Waukeen McCoy asked Rose whether he had specifically texted her to say he wanted to have sex. Rose said he did not.

McCoy also suggested Rose had no remorse about that night.

“I’m sensitive to it,” Rose replied, but added, “I feel I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Rose said the woman came to his Beverly Hills home that evening, had a shot of tequila and began coming on to him. He said he rebuffed her and thought she was being too aggressive before one of his friends took her out of the room.

Rose said he later walked outside and saw his friend having sex with the woman, who pulled Rose over to join them.

After a short time, he returned to his room, Rose said.

ESPN is not naming the woman because it generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault.

Earlier Friday, the woman underwent a second day of cross-examination by a lawyer for Rose who suggested she had sued for money.

“I didn’t wish him any harm; I wanted him to be accountable,” she said, denying she did it for money.

She was pressured to explain why the lawsuit was seeking $ 21.5 million and why her first text messages to Rose after the incident were about being reimbursed for cab fare and a “sex belt” she had given him.

Her response to the questions was indirect, although she eventually said she brought up the money to get Rose to respond to her.

Lawyers for Rose also presented text messages from the woman to a friend at a time when she was unemployed.

“I need a very wealthy man. We should go find one,” stated one text read by defense lawyer Mark Baute.

The woman also sent a text to a roommate saying that since she had filed suit, they would return their TV and upgrade to a plasma screen, Baute said.

Baute also asked the judge on Friday to declare a mistrial in a lawsuit, saying the woman had failed to turn over a profane text message from the morning of the alleged incident in 2013. The text was part of a longer exchange the woman sent Rose after she said she blacked out from drinking and possibly from a drug.

The judge said he’ll consider the mistrial issue Tuesday.

Rose, 28, and friends Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton have denied the accusations in the lawsuit and said the woman willingly had sex with all three.

The woman’s recall and testimony at times contradicted what she told lawyers during her deposition, and that left her vulnerable to cross-examination by the defense.

In a soft voice, the 30-year-old woman said Thursday that she was intoxicated and felt like she had been drugged after the visit to Rose’s mansion.

During cross-examination, she conceded she never saw any drugs, didn’t have a rape exam performed, and wasn’t tested for pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

Rose’s lawyer used her string of text messages as a timeline to question the woman’s story and whether she drank enough to black out hours later. He also questioned how she had managed to send lucid text messages during that period, several of which invited Rose to her apartment.

Also Friday, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said he is unsure whether Rose will play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Hornacek said the decision about whether Rose plays will be Rose’s. The trial is expected to resume Tuesday, with Rose returning to the stand. The Knicks have home games against the Nets on Saturday and the Washington Wizards on Monday.

“He has to take care of his business. If he’s got to stay there and get it done, go through that process, and then come back and be focused on basketball, it’s up to him,” Hornacek said. “We’re allowing him to take care of that. And when he comes back, we’ll be ready.”

Hornacek acknowledged that not having Rose around the team might affect his ability to learn the Knicks’ new offense. He said Rose is missing the aspects of the offense that coaches have installed the past two days.

“He understands the game, so he should be picking it up pretty quickly,” Hornacek said.

ESPN’s Ian Begley and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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