Athletes Behaving Badly

Appeals court won’t review Mateen Cleaves sex assault case


In this Dec. 21, 2015 file photo, former Michigan State player Mateen Cleaves, left, waves as he is introduced with Michigan State's 2000 national championship team during halftime of Michigan State-Florida NCAA college basketball game in East Lansing, Mich. Cleaves faces charges after a woman says she was held against her will in a motel room and sexually assaulted. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says the 39-year-old Cleaves was charged Tuesday March 15, 2016, with criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration and unlawful imprisonment. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

In this Dec. 21, 2015 file photo, former Michigan State player Mateen Cleaves, left, waves as he is introduced with Michigan State’s 2000 national championship team during halftime of Michigan State-Florida NCAA college basketball game in East Lansing, Mich. Cleaves faces charges after a woman says she was held against her will in a motel room and sexually assaulted. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says the 39-year-old Cleaves was charged Tuesday March 15, 2016, with criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration and unlawful imprisonment. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court says it won’t review a judge’s decision to reinstate sexual assault charges against former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves.

Three Michigan Court of Appeals judges denied Cleaves’ request in an order dated Monday. The case is expected to return to court in Genesee County for trial.

Genesee County Judge Archie Hayman in April reinstated the case against 39-year-old Cleaves, who faces charges including unlawful imprisonment and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Cleaves is accused of assaulting a woman after a charity golf event and a visit to a Flint-area bar in 2015.

Defense attorney Frank Manley says in a statement that he’ll continue to fight the “unjust accusations.”

Cleaves, a Flint native, led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and played for four NBA teams.

Source: AP

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