Lawyer Says the Former NBA Star Won’t Face Sexual Assault Charges
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Latrell Sprewell won’t face charges stemming from a woman’s accusations that he choked her as they had sex on his boat, his lawyer said.
Attorney Jonathan C. Smith told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday that Sprewell will now seek "civil remedies" against the 21-year-old accuser.
"People need to know that this is something he and we take very seriously," Smith said.
Smith said Sprewell also would seek a restraining order against the woman.
Police said the woman reported that she was assaulted Aug. 29 on Sprewell’s boat at a marina on the Lake Michigan shore.
Milwaukee police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said the former NBA star voluntarily appeared at the police department’s downtown offices with his attorneys and gave police permission to search his boat. The 35-year-old Sprewell later met with police and prosecutors about the allegation.
Sprewell, who lives in suburban River Hills, played 13 NBA seasons, most recently with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2004-05 season. He was a four-time All-Star.