The League One club claimed that the decision was due to club staff being threatened, although the announcement was preceded by sponsorship deals falling apart and widespread anger.
Following these events, public reaction is mixed.
There is still debate over whether or not he should be allowed a job:
Yes, Ched Evans should be allowed to have a job, but a convicted rapist should not be employed where he may influence a number of people!— Sam (@AimingForAfros) January 8, 2015
What 5 year old kid is going to watch Ched Evans score a goal and think to himself "I want to rape a woman"— Matty Garland (@MattyGarland) January 8, 2015
When I grow up I want to be just like Ched Evans— Jimson (@jimmyfarmer69) January 8, 2015
Lads saying they'll do a "Ched Evans" on girls is exactly why that rapist scumbag should NEVER work in the public eye pic.twitter.com/AhB1UYiobK— YA Okay! (@y_a_ok) January 3, 2015
No matter which profession Ched Evans chooses to go into, he will be known as a rapist, so why should that not be football.— Adam Müller (@mullerlite1234) January 8, 2015
And there are still people comparing him to other footballers who have committed crimes:
Still think it's stupid how they won't give Ched Evans a club when the Plymouth keeper Luke McCormick killed 2 people while drink driving— David Naughton (@DavidNaughtonx) January 8, 2015
People are offended by his apology:
Basically Ched Evans apology is as bad as a "sorry I got caught" or "sorry it was ever reported to the police" type of apology ie NOT ONE— Tara Hewitt (@Tara_Hewitt) January 8, 2015
That ched Evans statement should've come out a long long time ago. Seems ridiculous to make one now.— Scott (@scottdcuk) January 8, 2015
Ched Evans issues apology. I bet that statement was dripping with sincerity and not at all an act of desperation.— Jack Meoff (@Scriv007) January 8, 2015
I don't believe a word of Ched Evans' apology. I think he's done it simply because Oldham said no to him.— Leah Michelle (@Leah__Loves) January 8, 2015
So yet another club won't sign him and suddenly an 'apology' appears from Ched Evans. How genuine.— Em Reynard (@Emilyyyy23) January 8, 2015
Someone explain to #ChedEvans the meaning of an apology because what he said isn't it.— Chris (@WifeOfKes) January 8, 2015
I see Ched Evans gave a half hearted apology. It was half hearted because like his jail term he didn't finish his sentence #ChedEvans— John Joe O'Neil (@NornIrishFarmer) January 8, 2015
And there are people apologising for him:
Seriously, Ched Evans apologists should check their attitudes towards women.— Thomas Milman (@seventimestom) January 8, 2015
All this talk of Ched Evans "serving his time". What about his victim? She'll be serving her time until the day she dies.— Twitflup (@Twitflup) January 8, 2015
But there are also a large amount of anger about the threats being sent to Oldham Athletic staff:
People unhappy about signing Ched Evans so they send Oldham staff and their families death threats.
Who's the real scumbag now then?— Jack Royle (@jackroyle97) January 8, 2015
Threatening to rape someone if Ched Evans was signed???
Where is the logic— Alex Gellersen (@AlexGellersen) January 8, 2015
As if people are sending Oldham staff death threats over considering signing Ched Evans. Disgraceful.— William Clarke (@Willclarke94) January 8, 2015
There are also a large number of people piping up who didn't understand the meaning of the word consent, but they are too enraging to embed.
The biggest joke out of all this ched Evans the convicted rapist scandal is the fact a professional football club was willing to sign him— becca (@thisisthejuan93) January 8, 2015