Police in Scottsdale, Ariz. confirmed Tuesday that Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley is currently being investigated for an alleged sexual assault.
Lauren Peikoff of 12News in Phoenix broke the story:
Lauren Peikoff @laurenpeikoff
#BREAKING @ScottsdalePD confirms - police are investigating Michael Beasley for alleged sexual assault. @12News @azcentral2013-5-7 19:08:05
While there is no word on whether Beasley will be charged with the crime, Scottsdale police spokesman David Pubins confirmed the investigation in a statement.
“At this point we can only say the investigation is ongoing,” said Pubins (via Alex Ferri of ABC15.com). “We are interviewing those involved and processing any physical evidence we may have to try and determine if criminal charges are appropriate.”
Exact details of the case are scarce at the moment, but Ferri is reporting the incident happened on Jan. 13.
If the report becomes corroborated, it will coincide with another stretch of legal trouble for Beasley. The 24-year-old was arrested on Jan. 25 in Scottsdale for multiple traffic violations, including driving on a suspended license and speeding.
That incident was just the latest in a checkered past for Beasley, who had also previously been charged with possession of marijuana in 2011 and checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic in 2009. While still in the investigative process, if Beasley is charged, this will obviously be his most serious run-in with the law.
Known as an extremely talented but enigmatic player, Beasley just finished his first year with the Suns. Phoenix signed him to a three-year, $18 million contract last summer, hoping to evoke some maturity while tapping into his offensive skills.
Instead, the Suns got the worst year of Beasley's career.
The former No. 2 overall pick averaged career lows in nearly every major offensive category, shooting just 40.5 percent from the field and scoring only 10.1 points per game. Once considered an integral part of a rebuilding effort in Phoenix, Beasley's minutes dwindled down the stretch and his expectation of becoming an All-Star did not come to fruition.
The Suns have not released a statement about the investigation at this time.