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Following the Derrick Rose trial there was apparently a very happy vibe around the courtroom. The judge on the trial actually made a joke with Rose at the conclusion of the hearing. As Rose left the court, jurors on the trial took photos with the 2011 NBA MVP. Via NYDailyNews:
The basketball player kept his eyes down and hugged his attorney after the verdict was read. His accuser kept her head buried in her hands in a prayer position.
“Best wishes,” Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald told Rose. “Except when the Knicks play the Lakers,” he joked.
In a statement, Rose said he’s “thankful” for the verdict, and eager to put the trial behind him.
“It was important to prove I did not do what I was accused of, even if it meant publicly sharing very private details about my personal life,” he said. “I am thankful that the jury understood and agreed with me. This experience and my sensitivity to it was deep. I am ready to put this behind me and focus on my family and career.”
Check out the photos below of Rose posing with jurors for photos just a few minutes after the verdict.
— Joel Rubin (@joelrubin) October 19, 2016