PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Former NBA star Mike Bibby is no longer coaching at Shadow Mountain High School after he was investigated for allegedly sexually abusing a staff member.

The Paradise Valley Unified School District confirmed the news Tuesday morning.

The district added that Bibby is no longer eligible to volunteer as their boys basketball coach pending the outcome of the investigation.

Just hours before, the district released a statement to Arizona's Family on their investigation.

"On February 14, 2019, PVSchools was notified that the Phoenix Police Department opened an investigation into alleged sexual abuse/harassment of a Shadow Mountain High School staff member by the boys head basketball coach, Mike Bibby," the spokeswoman said.

The Phoenix Police Department said they were made aware of the allegations involving staff at the high school and the investigation is ongoing. However, no suspect has been named, nor have any charges been recommended.

Arizona's Family obtained the restraining order the alleged victim filed against Bibby on Feb. 22, 2019.

According to the court document, the staff member claims Bibby drove up near her at the Shadow Mountain High School campus and told her to come over to his driver's side door on Feb. 22, 2017. That's where Bibby picked her up around the hips, carried her to his open car door and sexually abused her inside the car, records state. She said that she could smell alcohol on his breath. She was able to slide out underneath and walked to go into the school. Bibby followed her, grabbed her, hugged her and said "sexually explicit things" to her, court documents state.

During the next few days, the alleged victim, whom we are not identifying, claims Bibby stalked her, repeatedly going by and into her classroom uninvited, court records show. She told him to never come around her again on Feb. 25, 2017. Then in October 2018, she said Bibby came by her classroom again after being told to stay away.

On Feb. 8, 2019, the staff member said she told a colleague about the "sexual abuse and stalking," filed a report with the SRO on Feb. 11, and filed a formal police report on Feb. 12.

"She's not telling the truth," said Donald Harris, Bibby's lawyer told Arizona's Family Tuesday. "Mike Bibby never criminally assaulted anyone and he certainly didn't sexually assault this woman."

"He's upset and rightfully so, Harris said of his client. "You hate to have an allegation like this made, especially when it's unfounded."

He disputes the claim the woman made about smelling alcohol on Bibby's breath. 

"Completely false. He would never go on campus and go to coaching with alcohol on his breath," he said. 

The woman's lawyer, Tom Ryan, contacted Arizona's Family on her behalf. 

Ryan said his client is still employed and in "good standing" with the Paradise Valley School District. He also said this has been a stressful time and that she's "glad Bibby is no longer on campus."

"[Bibby's] attorney is dead wrong. First off, his claim to have knowledge of our client’s mental health history would violate HIPPA and would violate other federal and state laws," the woman's lawyer said. “Absolutely he’s doing victim shaming."

Harris has a different view.

"It's a travesty what this woman is putting [Bibby] through," he said.

"This matter had been reported to members of the administration back at or near the time the event initially occurred," the woman’s lawyer said. “Why did they let him go on to coach the state championship basketball game knowing what they knew? I can’t answer for the school district.”

According to the school district, the district suspended their own internal investigation pending the conclusion of the police department's investigation into the accusations.

The school district said they take all allegations of misconduct very seriously and are fully cooperating with authorities.

Bibby is a well-known figure throughout Arizona. He played high school basketball at Shadow Mountain prior to winning the University of Arizona's first and only national championship in 1997.

He went on to be drafted second overall in the 1998 NBA Draft and played for numerous teams until his retirement in 2012.

Below is Paradise Valley Unified School District's statement:

At PVSchools, our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our staff and students. We take all allegations of misconduct very seriously and work in cooperation with law enforcement on all police matters. In addition, PVSchools adheres to its own internal policies and protocols as established by the Governing Board.

On February 14, 2019, PVSchools was notified that the Phoenix Police Department opened an investigation into alleged sexual abuse/harassment of a Shadow Mountain High School staff member by the boys head basketball coach, Mike Bibby. At the request of the Phoenix Police Department, the District’s internal investigation was suspended pending the conclusion of the Police Department’s active investigation into the accusations.

PVSchools conducts thorough background investigations for all employees and volunteers, including a notarized criminal affidavit, background check, and fingerprint clearance.

PVSchools will continue to fully cooperate with the Phoenix Police Department on the investigation and will provide the police with any support requested. As this is an ongoing police investigation, any additional questions about the case should be referred to the Phoenix Police Department.

 


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ArizonaG30

"Bibby drove up near her at the Shadow Mountain High School campus and told her to come over to his driver's side door on Feb. 22, 2017. That's where Bibby picked her up around the hips, carried her to his open car door and sexually abused her inside the car, records state. " At a school in broad daylight she didn't yell and no one saw it

JustinP

Other paper says "The document names a constellation of eyewitnesses and school officials who may have known shortly after the alleged incident two years ago. "
So..... seems everyone is implicated here or not....

Kenchafen

Really sad that the media reports this when Phoenix police say no suspects or in fact no charges have been filed.. yet this guy is tarred and feathered in the media, convicted and sentenced by P.V. school board..
At least wait and see if any charges are filed..
Perhaps he didn't do anything? Perhaps the other person has agendas ... after all the guy could be a target given that he's a multi millionaire???

JustinP

The other paper in town said this was in regard to a 2016 incident. Why did it take so long? There were witnesses (supposedly).

JustinP

oops, it was Feb 2017

JustinP

Nice line from the other paper. "It's still unclear, however, why district officials waited two weeks, until after Bibby's team won a state championship title, to bar him from coaching. "
What is unclear to me is why it took 2 years. You haven't been near the guy for 2 years and then you file a restraining order? Hello!?!?! She would not have wanted me to be a judge on that one....

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