Ex-NBA player Cleaves charged with sexual assault, released on bond

mateen-cleaves-smileFormer NBA player Mateen Cleaves has been charged with a sexual assault, following an incident that happened in 2015.

According to Fox 2 Detroit, the 39-year old Cleaves met a 24-year old woman at a charity golf tournament, and offered her a ride home from a bar that night. Instead, Cleaves allegedly took the woman to a hotel, held her against her will, and sexually assaulted her.

According to the police reports, the woman said she was able to escape and seek help within the hotel. As a result of the incident, Cleaves was charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual conduct.

In the court, Cleaves pleaded not guilty and was released on bond. Cleaves was released by the judge out on a $150,000 personal recognizance bond, TMZ reported later.

Cleaves, who helped Michigan State win the NCAA National Championship back in 2000, didn’t have the same success in the NBA. He spent 6 years in the NBA, playing for Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Seattle Supersonics.

Having an injury-plagued career, Cleaves had his best season during his first year with the Pistons, averaging 5.4 ppg and 2.7 apg. Later he averaged career-best 4.8 apg for Cleaveland Cavs during the 03-04 season.

Cleaves holds career averages of 3.6 ppg and 1.9 apg in 11.2 minutes per game. In total he appeared in 167 NBA games, starting in 10.


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