PHOENIX (AP) — Police are investigating sexual abuse and harassment accusations made towards former College of Arizona and NBA participant Mike Bibby, in accordance with officers within the college district the place he now works as a highschool coach.
The Paradise Valley Unified Faculty District issued an announcement saying it was notified on Feb. 14 of the police investigation into claims towards Bibby, now the pinnacle basketball coach at Shadow Mountain Excessive Faculty.
A Phoenix municipal court docket granted a restraining order to a Shadow Mountain trainer final Friday, The Arizona Republic reported. The trainer mentioned Bibby groped her and rubbed towards her after pulling her into his automotive on college grounds in February 2017, in accordance with the doc.
The trainer reported the allegations to the college’s useful resource officer on Feb. 13, in accordance with the doc.
Bibby referred inquiries to his lawyer, Donald Harris.
“I can say with just about certainty this alleged incident did not occur and that can be proven down the highway,” Harris mentioned. “Michael Bibby didn’t take part in a sexual assault of any method, form or type that was alleged by this girl two years in the past.”
The Phoenix Police Division has confirmed it’s investigating allegations involving workers at Shadow Mountain. Sgt. Vince Lewis, a police spokesman, didn’t identify the folks concerned or describe the allegations.
The college district was conducting an inside investigation into the accusations when police launched a probe, district spokeswoman Becky Kelbaugh mentioned within the assertion.
“On the request of the Phoenix Police Division, the District’s inside investigation was suspended pending the conclusion of the Police Division’s energetic investigation into the accusations,” the assertion learn.
Bibby performed on Shadow Mountain’s first state championship basketball crew as a pupil in 1996. He went on to the College of Arizona, the place he helped lead the Wildcats to their solely nationwide championship in 1997.
He was drafted by the Vancouver Grizzlies the following yr. Bibby performed within the NBA from 1998 to 2012, together with stints with Vancouver, Sacramento and Atlanta.