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Ex-NBA Star Mike Bibby Accused Of Stalking, Sexually Abusing Arizona High School Teacher
Bibby has been accused of harassing and abusing a female teacher at the school where he coaches basketball, with the unnamed woman claiming that the former NBA star once groped her on school grounds.
Former NBA star Mike Bibby is reportedly the subject of a sexual abuse and stalking investigation at the Arizona high school where he formerly coached boys’ basketball.
Bibby, a 40-year-old alum of numerous teams including the Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks, had been serving as the boys’ basketball coach at his alma mater, Shadow Mountain High School, in Phoenix, Arizona, for a number of years until he was recently accused of stalking and sexually abusing a female teacher, who went on to request a restraining order against him, ABC News reports.
Court documents obtained by the network refer to Bibby in relation to an “ongoing police investigation,” one that was launched after a teacher filed a police report on Feb. 12 alleging abuse and stalking.
The unnamed teacher contends that Bibby grabbed her and forcibly carried her into his car, which was parked on school grounds, in February 2017. Bibby smelled of alcohol and began touching her inappropriately and rubbing himself against her while saying “sexually explicit things,” the documents state, according to ABC News’ report. While she was eventually able to break free and run away, he called after her, asking her what she was going “to do about” his erection in front of two other staff members, she claimed.
Bibby then showed up outside the teacher’s classroom door on multiple occasions, she said. Bibby later told her that he’d been drinking on the day of the incident and that he was interested in dating her, but when she declined and told him to keep away, he appeared uninvited in her classroom again in October 2018, according to the court documents.
A court granted the teacher’s restraining order on Friday, according to ABC News. Police have also gotten involved, with the Phoenix Police Department confirming to the network that an investigation is underway but stating that “no charges have been recommended against anyone in this case.”
Bibby denied the claims via a statement from his attorney, Donald Harris, ESPN reports.
“I can say with pretty much certainty this alleged incident didn’t happen and that will be shown down the road,” he said. “Michael Bibby did not participate in a sexual assault of any way, shape or form that was alleged by this lady two years ago.”
The school district first received knowledge of the allegations concerning Bibby on Feb. 11 but halted their investigation at the request of Phoenix police, school officials told ESPN. They plan to resume their investigation once the police have concluded their work.
Bibby had been coaching basketball at the school as recently as Saturday, when he helped the varsity boys’ team claim their fourth state championship in a row, but school district officials confirmed on Tuesday that he was terminated after they were sent a copy of the restraining order, according to ESPN.
“Upon receipt of the Injunction Against Harassment, PV Schools notified Mr. Bibby that his volunteer status had changed from eligible to ineligible, pending the outcomes of the Phoenix PD and internal investigations,” district spokeswoman Becky Kelbaugh told the outlet.
However, Tom Ryan, attorney for the unnamed teacher, told the Arizona Republic that his client’s claims are not new information for school officials.
“The administration was advised of this nearly two years ago,” he said.
One such person, former attendance dean and athletic director Mike Warren, denied as much, and told the paper that he “never knew anything about it.”