Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ex-NBA star Mike Bibby accused of sexual abuse of AZ teacher

Ex-NBA star Mike Bibby accused of sexual abuse of AZ teacher

Former University of Arizona basketball star Mike Bibby is under police investigation for sex abuse/harassment of a teacher at the Phoenix high school where he was a successful coach.

Bibby himself didn't offer a comment regarding the accusations but has denied the claims through his attorney, Donald Harris.

Mike Bibby's lawyer said "I can say with pretty much certainty this alleged incident didn't happen and that will be shown down the road".

A Phoenix municipal court granted the restraining order to a Shadow Mountain teacher last Friday, The Arizona Republic reported.

According to the restraining order, the teacher reported the alleged incident to Shadow Mountain's resource officer on February 13.

The Paradise Valley Unified School District has acknowledged that Phoenix police have opened an investigation of the accusation and that the district previously began its own internal investigation.

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Bibby played two years for the University of Arizona Wildcats, leading them to their only national championship in 1997.

The woman says the incident began when she noticed a auto being driven by Bibby, whom she did not know at the time.

A few days later, according to the teacher, Bibby stopped by her classroom uninvited before returning a day later to say they needed to talk. During Bibby's six years as the basketball team's head coach, the Matadors have won five state championships.

Bibby, who starred for the Vancouver Grizzlies for three seasons from 1998 to 2001, is now a high school basketball coach at his alma mater in Phoenix, Arizona.

It also added the district was made aware of the claims earlier this month and has been conducting an internal investigation. She says she did tell the AD that in 2017, before filing the restraining order this week. She told him to stay away, and initially agreed not to tell anybody about the incident. He asked her if she was going to "tell" and she said no because she was thinking of his players.

She wrote that the district's "first priority" is the safety and well-being of staff and students. We take all allegations of misconduct very seriously and work in cooperation with law enforcement on all police matters.

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