Sheffield United Football Club has today learned of the verdict in the trial of Ched Evans at Caernarfon Crown Court. The Club recognises the seriousness of these events and as such wishes to respond in a responsible way when it has taken sufficient time to consider the matter fully.
The Club is aware of the statement issued by the legal team representing Ched, which is printed below. This is not a statement from, or in co-operation with, SUFC but an independently issued statement from the Brabners Chaffe Street Law Firm, representing Ched.
Statement on behalf of Ched Evans
Ched Evans is shocked and extremely disappointed with the decision reached today by the Jury at Caernarfon Crown Court to convict him of the charge brought against him.
Mr Evans firmly maintains his innocence in this matter and is being advised regarding an appeal of the decision.
(Original post by rorydaredking)
Possibly because the other block went back with her, so you could say going to a hotel youd expect it. Ched joined in later when she was incapacitated.
Thats understandable, but then he has still watched on as Ched commits rape. Surely that makes him an accomplice to the offence?
Its pathetic how he's acted really. There are loads of girls out there desperate to bag a footballer, i doubt he'd have too much difficulty having sex consentually.
How can someone that took the girl back to his hotel room and had sex with her not be guilty, but someone that joins in - with consent from both parties - be guilty. If she was "too drunk" to give consent, surely she was too drunk to give consent to McDonald in the first place? Or did she get absolutely hammered in the time between Evans entering the room and asking to join in, that 5-10 second interval. And anyway, Evans has asked to join in and she's said yes, what's he supposed to do, breathalyse her? Oh so you don't need to breathalyse, you just need to make your own judgement. Well how do you determine when someone you've just met and know nothing about, other than they're having sex with someone else with no issues, is too drunk to consent?
(Original post by sr90)
If the woman was too drunk to give consent, how on earth is one man guilty but not the other?
Ched was having a really good season for Sheffield United and he's thrown it all away. Silly boy.
This is what I was thinking while reading the article.
During Evans' evidence, he told the jury he had gone to the hotel, let himself in to Mr McDonald's room and watched his friend and the woman having sex.
It was claimed Mr McDonald asked if his friend could "get involved", to which the woman said yes.
Ok, so one guy is not guilty of anything and the guy who "gets involved" gets 6 years in jail. WTF? According to them she said yes to him getting involved. So if the court did not believe that, then how can they believe that the first guy is not guilty of rape?
I cannot understand for the life of me how McDonald has got away with this. How is what he did five years in prison less serious than what Evans did?
I feel sorry for Ched tbh. Both Joey Barton and Marlon King are far bigger scumbags. It's debatable whether or not Ched raped her or not, she said she couldn't remember, meanwhile Barton deliberately beats the **** out of two people, stabs a cigarette out in a guys eye and spends a few months in prison. Five years is far too harsh as it's impossible to establish whether the girl consented or not.
Although he will probably be out in two and he's still only 23. Clubs will be queuing up to sign him when he gets out. Besides I think there is a decent chance his appeal will succeed.
(Original post by Point!)
From Player of the Month to getting ploughed every morning, all in less than 3 weeks.
Not funny. Barely anyone gets raped in prison anyway.
This baffles me too, there's something missing from this case.Firstly, shouldn't she have been too drunk to be able to give consent in going back to the hotel with the first footballer? How did she magically get that drunk in between haveing sex with the first footballer and the second?..I'm not buying the whole "I don't remember anything statement", besides what was she expecting going back to a hotel with a footballer, cuddling? nobody forced her to go with him??.I firmly believe that nobody deserves to be raped and if the one foorballer did rape her he deserves what he got, and as for the other one there's karma.
Why is everyone so suprised at the length of the sentence? Because he is a footballer? At the end of the day we don't know all the facts and he has been convicted in a court of law. Rape is one of the worst crimes you can commit and in my opinion, 5 years isn't nearly enough.
I still think it is very dodgy how 1 is guilty but not the other.