Women accuse ex-Suns star of sexual abuse

Posted at 3:25 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 18:29:15-04

Several women made national TV appearances Tuesday to discuss their accusations of sexual abuse against Sacramento mayor and former Phoenix Suns star Kevin Johnson when the women were in their teens.

On Tuesday night's episode of Real Sports on HBO, the women detailed their interactions with Johnson -- including Mandi Koba, who was just 15 years old in 1995 when she met Johnson in Arizona.

Koba's case had already been aired out publicly, but she finally put a face to the name Tuesday.

"HBO showed devastating footage of a 1996 interview between Koba and a Phoenix police detective in which she detailed one of the alleged incidents in which she was sexual abused by Johnson," Deadspin's Dave McKenna wrote.

Koba said she took money from Johnson to stay quiet about the incidents.

"HBO's producers also got Xian Thao and Amanda Thomas, two former students of St. HOPE, Johnson's charter school in Sacramento, and volunteers for his youth groups, to come forward for the first time to the media," McKenna wrote.

"The high school friends told of being groped by their supposed mentor nearly a decade ago as 18-year-olds. Thomas said Johnson's standing in the community kept them from speaking out as teens from the alleged abuse from the local hero."

A Sacramento native, Johnson became the first African-American to be elected mayor of the city in 2008. He was reelected in 2012.

Johnson played in 12 seasons for the Suns and is just one of three players in NBA history to average over 20 points and 10 assists per game in three consecutive seasons.

In February, the 50-year-old Johnson was named as one of 14 finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame.