Former Lincoln City footballer Jack Diamond appeared on Piers Morgan‘s ‘Uncensored’ show to speak for the first time since being cleared of rape and sexual assault. The 24-year-old went through “two years of hell” when he was accused of raping a girl he met on Tinder.
Diamond, who is employed by Sunderland AFC, had a loan spell with Lincoln during the 2022/23 season. It was during this season that he was charged with rape and sexual assault, leading to his suspension from both the Imps and his parent club Sunderland.
Giving evidence to jurors at Newcastle Crown Court, he denied doing anything against the woman’s consent and was unanimously cleared of any wrongdoing by the jury on Monday, January 8 this year. Speaking on Piers Morgan’s show, he said: “I’m obviously glad that it’s over but I’ve still had to endure what I had to endure. I’m glad that I can talk about it now but it’s not a breath of relief like everyone thinks it will be.”
Diamond recalled how his “heart sunk” and he thought his career would be over when he got a call from his solicitor to say he’d been charged. He told Piers how the jury took just seven minutes to agree on a not guilty verdict.
He added: “The feeling of relief lasted about two minutes because I then thought ‘all of this just for seven minutes’. I cried, my whole family cried and even my barrister.”
In shock, Piers replied: “So you went through over two years of hell and it took a jury just seven minutes to clear you which is an emphatic repudiation of what this woman had been claiming”.
Diamond is now on loan at Carlisle United and played his first game for around a year on February 3. Despite feeling a rush of adrenaline when he came on, Diamond received abuse from opposition fans.
He told Piers: “I came off injured so I had to walk past the whole away end. I got the chants straight away from them of ‘she said no Diamond, she said no’.
“I was kind of expecting it. I’ll try and use it to fuel me and try not to react. This whole time has made me mentally strong because I’ve had papers calling me the worst thing in the world and my family have been associated with it.”
Diamond’s contract with Sunderland comes to an end after the current season, meaning he will be looking for a new club.