Texas Tech leading scorer Pop Isaacs accused in lawsuit of sexual assault of minor: report


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A civil lawsuit accused Texas Tech sophomore Pop Isaacs of sexually assaulting a minor. A copy of the lawsuit was first obtained by ESPN.

The alleged incident took place in November during a Red Raiders team trip to the Bahamas. The team traveled to Paradise Island to compete in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament.

The alleged victim was 17 years old at the time. A person must be at least 16 years old to give consent in the Bahamas. However, the lawsuit claims that the woman was under the influence of alcohol at the time, which negates her ability to consent.

The lawsuit seeks $1 million in damages. Texas Tech issued a statement Friday saying Isaacs is “staying current.”

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Texas Tech Red Raiders No. 2 guard Pop Isaacs crosses the court during the first half of the college basketball game against the TCU Horned Frogs at United Supermarkets Arena on February 25, 2023 in Lubbock, Texas. (John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

The lawsuit also claims that the plaintiffs contacted Red Raiders coach Grant McCasland on December 14. He then reported the incident to athletic director Kirby Hocutt and other university officials. Isaacs has played four games since then.

The school said in its statement that the allegation was “immediately and appropriately” reported to its Title IX office, and that an investigation began immediately.

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The athletics department “contacted the Title IX office on two occasions and was informed on both occasions that, based on the information, Pop Isaacs remains in good standing and there is no reason to prevent him from participating in university activities, including the athletics competition.” basketball”. the statement said.

The school said its Title IX investigation will continue until completed, “regardless of the civil lawsuit.”

Pop Isaacs handles the basketball.

Texas Tech Red Raiders No. 2 guard Pop Isaacs handles the ball during the first half of the college basketball game against the TCU Horned Frogs at United Supermarkets Arena on Feb. 25, 2023, in Lubbock, Texas. (John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

The lawsuit was filed in Lubbock County by the parents of the girl who says she was assaulted.

The lawsuit alleges that a Texas Tech booster purchased alcoholic beverages for Isaacs and a teammate. They were in a room with two girls, 17 and 16 years old. The lawsuit says Isaacs and the 17-year-old went to another room, where she was sexually assaulted after she “tried to fight him off,” according to ESPN. report.

Pop Isaacs on the court during a game

Texas Tech Red Raiders No. 2 guard Pop Isaacs crosses the court during the first half of the college basketball game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at United Supermarkets Arena on March 4, 2023, in Lubbock, Texas. (John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

The Red Raiders played three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, losing to Villanova before defeating Northern Iowa and Michigan.

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Isaacs, a 20-year-old sophomore from Las Vegas, averages 15.8 points and 3.4 assists per game. He ranks 10th in the Big 12 in scoring and shared conference player of the week honors this week with West Virginia’s RaeQuan Battle.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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