Former NBA player Mike Bibby is out as basketball coach at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, a day after word emerged that he is under investigation after sexual abuse allegations surfaced by a teacher at the school.
A spokesperson for the Paradise Valley Unified School district confirmed in an email to the Arizona Republic on Tuesday that Bibby is “no longer eligible to volunteer” as the basketball coach at his alma mater, “pending the outcome of the investigations.”
Bibby, who spent 14 seasons in the NBA, led the Shadow Mountain varsity boys’ basketball team to its fourth consecutive state title last weekend. In his six years at the helm, the team won five state championships.
The Republic broke the initial news Monday and later confirmed Phoenix police are investigating the claims against Bibby, via a statement from the school district. The district had been in the middle of an internal investigation into the allegations, the report says.
A restraining order obtained by the Republic detailed the claims and showed Phoenix Municipal Court granted the order Feb. 22. The school district had known about the teacher’s claim for over a week, according to its statement. It was first reported to the school’s resource officer Feb. 13, per the restraining order.
According to the report, the Shadow Mountain teacher claims that in February 2017, Bibby grabbed her by the waist and pulled her into his car that was on school grounds. He allegedly rubbed his genitals against her and groped her.
Bibby declined to comment and pointed questions to his attorney, Donald Harris.
“I can say with pretty much certainty this alleged incident didn’t happen and that will be shown down the road,” Harris 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.”