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Police: No probable cause in Mike Bibby sexual assault investigation

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Posted at 5:22 PM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 20:57:09-04

PHOENIX — Charges will not be filed against a Valley basketball star accused of sexual assault while he served as a volunteer coach.

Phoenix police opened an investigation after a teacher at Shadow Mountain High School filed a restraining order against Mike Bibby in February regarding an incident in 2017.

The teacher said Bibby motioned her over to his car, and when she approached, he picked her up and forced her into the backseat. She said Bibby smelled of alcohol and touched her inappropriately.

The department said its investigation did not reveal probable cause to recommend charges.

Through his lawyer, Mike Piccarretta, Bibby thanked Phoenix police for conducting the investigation and said he was comforted by the support of the public and his coworkers "who knew the claim was not true."

Bibby had been ruled ineligible as a volunteer coach by the Paradise Valley Unified School District while police investigated. A message seeking comment from the district now that the investigation is complete was not immediately returned.

Bibby starred at Shadow Mountain High School playing basketball, before playing for the University of Arizona.

He was then drafted second in the 1998 NBA draft and played for six different teams before retiring.