Zach Randolph's Accuser Reportedly Says She Made Up Assault Allegations

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2016

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) looks to drive the ball around Dallas Mavericks forward David Lee, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 8, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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A woman who accused Memphis Grizzlies star Zach Randolph of strangling her at a hotel in Los Angeles in March was reportedly lying.

According to a TMZ report Wednesday, the woman behind the allegations said she "made up" the incident after an argument with Randolph because “she was upset and decided to file a fabricated police report and ‘just wanted to get his money.’”

The woman told police in a March 31 interview she did have an argument with Randolph, but he did not touch her, per the report. The accuser said she and a friend were responsible for injuries visible on her back and neck in an effort to blame Randolph. TMZ added the woman signed a document that said she made the story up, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office threw out the case.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger addressed the original allegations, per Nick Moyle of the San Antonio Express-News: “It’s a non-story. Until something comes up that’s concrete, and I don’t think anything has, then that’s how we’ll deal with it.”

Randolph is averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season for the Grizzlies. Memphis plays the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday and already clinched a spot in the Western Conference playoffs.