The New York Knicks tipped off their preseason Tuesday night on the road against the Houston Rockets.
Meanwhile, a court case of a very different kind got underway the same day in Los Angeles — that of Knicks point guard Derrick Rose's civil rape trial.
As the rape trial began Tuesday in L.A., details of Rose's sex life were immediately exposed, while his attorneys pointed out the lack of Black jurors.
According to the Daily Mail, the woman, who's accusing Rose of rape and slapped him with a $21 million lawsuit, claims that the NBA point guard and his two friends raped her in her apartment after she had passed out following a night of drinking.
Rose and his friends Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen say the woman willingly had sex with them in her apartment.
Meanwhile, Rose's attorneys took issue with the lack of Black people in the Los Angeles jury pool, considering that only two of the 50 potential jurors were African-American and all three defendants are Black. That, and Rose's rape accuser is Hispanic and 15 of the first 27 possible prospective jurors were Hispanic.
That being said, not a single juror was selected Tuesday, as the selection process will continue Wednesday.
In addition, TMZ Sports reported that potential jurors have been questioned on their thoughts about group sex.
Through it all, Rose and his attorneys have dismissed this accusation as nothing more than a cash-grab attempt.
Rose, who also turned 28 on Tuesday, recently told the media, as reported by the Daily Mail: "I wanted to take it to court because I didn't want to settle. I don't feel like I did anything wrong. If I go up there and just tell my side of the story, I think I'll be alright."
He's expected to appear in court in L.A. for the case Thursday.
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