It really has not been a banner month in the offseason for NFL players. So much is happening off the field, leading to further evidence that the league’s image problem is real.


This latest piece of information from Texas adds even more relevance to that topic.

According to News4Jax, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is being sued by an unidentified woman for allegedly giving her an STD during a sexual encounter in which the accuser says she was unconscious.

“A Texas woman, who identifies herself only as Jane Doe, is suing Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus over allegations that he sexually assaulted her and exposed her to a sexually transmitted disease,” the report read. “According to a copy of a civil complaint filed July 6 in Duval County, the unidentified woman accuses Dareus, 28, of having sex with her while she was unconscious and without disclosing what she believes was herpes. The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and damages in excess of $15,000.”

For those of you wondering, a woman cannot consent to sex while being unconscious. That should go without saying. But in today’s culture, we’re seeing too many similar situations arise.

It’s important to note that this is a civil complaint. As of yet, Dareus has not been charged with a crime. NFL players also often find themselves targets of unfounded allegations. Just ask San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster. That’s not to say the woman’s claims are false. It’s just an important backdrop to this whole thing.

Even then, the details of the story are about as damning as it gets for the veteran defender. We’re sure to hear more in the coming days and weeks.