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Ex-Vancouver Grizzlies star Mike Bibby under investigation for sex abuse allegation

Rob Williams Feb 26, 2019 7:10 pm 96

Mike Bibby is under investigation by Phoenix Police and has been issued a restraining order after an alleged incident in 2017.

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.

A female teacher at Shadow Mountain High School claims the 40-year-old ex-NBA star sexually abused and harassed her on school grounds, the Arizona Republic reports.

The teacher reported to the school’s resource officer earlier this month and a restraining order was granted on February 22.

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Details of the allegation are disturbing, to say the least.

The teacher claims that Bibby grabbed her by the waist, pulled her into his car, rubbed his genitals against her, and groped her.

Bibby’s lawyer Donald Harris is denying the claims.

“I can say with pretty much certainty this alleged incident didn’t happen and that will be shown down the road,” Harris told the Arizona Republic. “Michael Bibby did not participate in a sexual assault of any way, shape or form that was alleged by this lady two years ago.”

More details found in the restraining order by the Arizona Republic:

Bibby picked her up “around the hips” and carried her into the driver’s seat, her head on the console and her legs splayed out the open door as he laid on top of her.

The teacher wrote that she was “in shock, in fear, intimidated by his actions, afraid of him as he smelled of alcohol,” adding that she did not know Bibby personally.

Bibby won a national championship with the Arizona Wildcats in 1997 before being drafted into the NBA by the Vancouver Grizzlies with the second overall pick in 1998. He was one of the team’s few good players, finishing second in scoring to Shareef Abdur-Rahim in each of the Grizzlies’ final three seasons in Vancouver.

The star point guard began coaching the Shadow Mountain High School basketball team after retiring from the NBA in 2012. He is also a member of the Big Three basketball league, made up of former NBA stars.

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