PHOENIX (AP) — Police are investigating sexual abuse and harassment accusations made in opposition to former College of Arizona and NBA participant Mike Bibby, based on officers within the college district the place he now works as a highschool coach.
The Paradise Valley Unified Faculty District issued a press release saying it was notified on Feb. 14 of the police investigation into claims in opposition to Bibby, now the pinnacle basketball coach at Shadow Mountain Excessive Faculty.
A Phoenix municipal court docket granted a restraining order to a Shadow Mountain instructor final Friday, The Arizona Republic reported. The instructor stated Bibby groped her and rubbed in opposition to her after pulling her into his automotive on college grounds in February 2017, based on the doc.
The instructor reported the allegations to the college’s useful resource officer on Feb. 13, based on the doc.
Bibby referred inquiries to his legal professional, Donald Harris.
“I can say with just about certainty this alleged incident did not occur and that can be proven down the highway,” Harris stated. “Michael Bibby didn’t take part in a sexual assault of any approach, form or kind that was alleged by this girl two years in the past.”
The Phoenix Police Division has confirmed it’s investigating allegations involving employees at Shadow Mountain. Sgt. Vince Lewis, a police spokesman, didn’t identify the folks concerned or describe the allegations.
The varsity district was conducting an inside investigation into the accusations when police launched a probe, district spokeswoman Becky Kelbaugh stated 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 workforce as a scholar 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 12 months. Bibby performed within the NBA from 1998 to 2012, together with stints with Vancouver, Sacramento and Atlanta.