This is a statement that Ched Evans, the convicted rapist and professional footballer, put on this website yesterday. In the statement, Ched talks about his desire to clear his name and go back to his career as a professional footballer. He is joined by his long term girlfriend Natasha Massey, who has stood by him during the storm.

 The Hacked Tweets

Ched does not offer any apology to the victim, instead he continues to insist upon his innocence. His website is structured towards exactly that. One of the main points of contention for his case are the tweets below that he claims were sent by the victim after Ched’s original arrest. He claims all these tweets were tweeted by the complainant between 8 October 2011 and 15 November 2011, approximately 5 months after Ched and Clayton McDonald had been charged with rape and approximately 5 months before Ched was convicted and Clayton acquitted.

Whilst they had initially been deleted, Ched’s website states that it took hackers to recover them, and he seems to think this points towards the victims motives and his innocence.

‘Remind me never to tell @XXXXXXX when I win big!…..  She’s going to kill me! #scaredformylife! Haha!’

‘@XXXXXXX I will get us matching pink Mini Coopers! Haha! Just seen them pictures on Facebook, I forgot bout XXXXXXX! Haha! X’

‘@XXXXXXX I’ll make all your dreams come true XXXXXXX haha.’

‘@XXXXXXX aww,well obvs I’d treat us to an amazing holiday x’.

The victim had to be given a new identity after the case due to the amount of threats she was receiving from members of the public. Only a few days ago some Internet trolls exposed her new identity, meaning that she may have to do it all over again. 

The only thing that seems certain about this case is that we haven’t heard the last of it. We want to hear your opinion, should Ched be allowed to play professional football again? And what do you think to his video statement?

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