One of Australia’s top basketball players, Mitch Creek, was accused by police of deliberately causing injuries and other criminal offenses after allegedly assaulting a woman at her Melbourne home

Mr Creek is a star player and co-captain of the South East Melbourne Phoenix in the National Basketball League, has played in the US NBA, competed in the World Cup and is in the running to represent Australia in the Tokyo Olympics

Mitch Creek on duty for southeast Melbourne Phoenix in defeating the Brisbane Bullets in FebruaryCredit: Getty Images

The 28-year-old Mr. Creek had been summoned for willfully injuring himself, recklessly injuring himself and illegally assaulting him over an incident in Melbourne’s western suburbs on Jan. November last year had caused

He served the charges on his attorney on Monday after playing in the NBL Cup tournament in Melbourne last month, Mr Creek leading his understaffed Phoenix to a 97-92 win in one of his best NBL performances last Wednesday in extra time against NBL leaders Melbourne United

The indictment follows a four month investigation into a woman in her twenties sustained serious facial injuries Appear in the Sunshine Magistrates Court April

The NBL announced Monday that the league, Phoenix and Mr Creek had agreed that he would not train or play with his club until further notice while Basketball Australia is investigating the incident

Mr. Creek’s attorney Casey Isaacs confirmed the charges had been served and said his client would contest them

“The charges are being defended, but now that the matter is on trial we will not be making any comments,” said Isaacs

The police said on 22 Interviewing a 28-year-old Ashburton man about an incident in the western suburbs last November

As one of Australia’s best-known basketball players, Mr. Creek – who is sixteen feet tall and weighs approximately 98 kilograms – has been used to promote the domestic league in the past and enjoys an outstanding personal season while his team set a 9-7 record (Profit-loss) and is just outside the top 4

He reached a season high of 31 points and got 10 rebounds to win the Phoenix on Jan. Leading March to victory over United, although only six of the eleven players were able to play Phoenix coach Simon Mitchell described the effort as Mr Creek’s best game for the club

Mr Creek followed with two 21-point wins against Cairns on Friday and New Zealand Breakers on Sunday

Mr. Creek said in a post-game press conference that he had told his players to take the challenge before the alert

“When it is all piled against you, you want to silence the critics and those who say you should lose this one because you have a lot of people out there

“Tonight was an example game for us. We can do it and we are good enough. We have to do it more often now and I wanted to lead by example”

In a joint statement, the NBL and South East Melbourne Phoenix said they had discussed the case with the Australian Basketball Players Association and the Integrity Unit of Basketball Australia

“The NBL and South East Melbourne Phoenix are deeply concerned about the nature of the charges against Mitch Creek and take this matter extremely seriously,” said the league and club

“The NBL, South East Melbourne Phoenix and Mitch Creek have all agreed that he will not train or play with the club until further notice,” the statement reads

Mr Creek’s absence will leave a big hole in Phoenix’s line-up despite the recent signing of NBA player Ryan Broekhoff, who represented Australia at the 2016 Olympics, for the remainder of the season

The Phoenix have two games in the next two weeks, including one against city rivals Melbourne United, but the NBL will have to revise their schedule after Jan. March to confirm

Mr Creek is one of the candidates for the NBL MVP Award and averages 21 points per game (fourth in the NBL) and 72 rebounds (seventh in the NBL) from 16 games

He grew up in Horsham and his talent earned him a stint at the Australian Institute of Sport before spending nine years with the NBL’s Adelaide 36ers where he developed his game and received a call for Australia and offers in Germany and play the USA

He joined the Australian elite to play in the NBA in 2018 when he signed four-game short-term contracts with the Brooklyn Nets and played one game for the Minnesota Timberwolves towards the end of that season

In 2019 he played for Australia against Team USA in an exhibition game at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne and also played for the Boomers in their World Cup campaign in China Australia finished fourth

Mr. Creek joined Phoenix as a franchisee for the 2019-2020 season and had a stellar personal season until he sustained a knee injury at the end of the season that dashed his hopes of a return to the NBA >

The NRL introduced its ‘no-mistake stand-down’ rule in 2019, whereby players facing serious criminal charges who could face more than 11 years in prison are automatically resigned from the league until theirs Legal proceedings are complete

The NRL Players Union and the NRL went to an independent arbitrator after the union challenged the shutdown rule but the arbitrator ruled in favor of the NRL last month

It is not yet clear what effect the indictment will have on Mr. Creek’s future national aspirations

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