LBS- The death of an LAPD detective who had been investigating the Derrick Rose rape case was likely a suicide, according to police.
Detective Nadine Hernandez was found in a Whittier home with a single gunshot wound to the chest, which investigators believe was self-inflicted.
“At this time, there are no signs of foul play, and this incident is being investigated as a suicide,” Whittier police said Wednesday, via Richard Winton, Hailey Branson-Potts and Veronica Rocha of the Los Angeles Times. “However, this is an ongoing investigation.”
LAPD sources confirmed that Hernandez had been one of two detectives assigned to the Rose case, and that she frequently dealt in high-profile sex crime investigations.
I'm not here to make uninformed declarations about a rape case that involves a high profile athlete. Far be it for me to prematurely throw the defendant under the bus or question the intentions of the accuser. I'm just saying that a trial that has already been largely dismissed by the general public probably deserves just a weensy bit more attention. If the cops say it's a suicide then I am not going to argue, but I think we can all agree that a LAPD detective - with nearly two decades on the job - turning up dead by gunshot amidst her investigation into the goings on of that fateful night adds another layer of smoke when most had already assumed the fire was put out. I don't see too many basketball fans treating Derrick Rose's NBA future as if it's currently in jeopardy, and - if we are being honest - they definitely should be. I'm not trying to slap shackles on the guy because lord knows what actually happened, but - to put it lightly - there's A LOT of reasons to say "hmm".
For instance, the fact that Derrick Rose literally has no idea what the word "consent" means. The inconsistent, disjointed text messages being used as evidence by BOTH parties. Testimonies that range from nonsensical to appalling. If I was a Knicks fans I would worry a little less about Derrick Rose's lower body health, and a little more about whether or not he is guilty of a horrific, despicable felony. This goes without saying, but that ludicrous "superteam" proclamation won't matter all that much if he's behind bars on the receiving end of the same crime he is being accused of. The best case scenario is that this is just a money grab on the plaintiff's part, but that doesn't mean we should ignore the multiple reasons to believe it might not be.