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Broncos’ Adam Gotsis cleared of rape allegations

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office announced today it had dropped the case, adding that the evidence “did not warrant any further action.”

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Broncos’ defensive end Adam Gotsis was cleared today of rape allegations levied in March when the Australia native was accused of raping a woman in 2013 while a student and football player at Georgia Tech.

Gotsis was accused of raping a 25-year-old woman on March 9, 2013. The woman reported the alleged incident Feb. 1, 2018. Under investigation since, the case was dropped today by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

“My office understands the sensitivity and significance of these investigations,” said Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. on Wednesday, “but the evidence presented does not warrant any further action in this case.’’

Gotsis learned of the development today from coach Vance Joseph just before walk throughs.

“It’s pretty good news,” Gotsis said.

Gotsis had surrendered to authorities March 7 but posted a $50,000 bond for his release. The defensive end attended the Broncos’ OTAs and training camp throughout the spring and summer.

He talked to the media for the first time this afternoon, admitting that being with the team was his best support system.

”It was frustrating at times,’’ Gotsis said. “It’s harder when you’re alone and you’re not in the building, I think. When you’re in the building, you’re so caught up in football and everything; it’s more when you’re alone and stuff when you think about it.’’

At the time of the arrest, the Broncos issued a statement saying they were taking the accusations seriously and had reported the situation to the NFL.

“The Broncos take an accusation of this nature very seriously and will continue to closely monitor the legal proceedings. This issue was promptly reported to the NFL as soon as we learned of it.’’

Gotsis has maintained his innocence throughout the investigation. i

“You don’t really know what’s happening, but you just have faith that things are going to work out and I’m just glad to be out here with the guys running around,” Gotsis said. “There’s no place I’d rather be.”

Gotsis, a likely starter on the defensive line, is ready to get back to focusing on football.

“I’m just relieved that everything has been taken care of,” he said, adding that he had faith in “the legal system, the Lord and family and friends” throughout. “[I had] great support from everyone around me - Broncos, friends, family. Just glad that it’s over with, and I can just focus on football now.”