The NBL, the Australian Basketball Players’ Association and South East Melbourne have agreed to allow Mitch Creek to resume training and playing while he deals with assault allegations.
Creek will be available to play in Thursday night’s game against the Illawarra Hawks.
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The move comes after the NBL initially stood him down from all duties when he was charged with allegedly assaulting a woman in Melbourne last November.
The Boomers representative hasn’t trained or played with the Phoenix since he was charged by Victoria Police on March 15.
The decision to allow Creek to play has sparked outrage among fans.
I don’t imagine a school teacher alleged to have committed these crimes or similar would be allowed to be in charge of a classroom of kids.
Why turn a blind eye these alleged misdemeanours in the sporting arena?
Very disappointing decision from the @nbl on Mitch Creek. They took a stand and what two weeks later change it? So odd and completely misread the room on this one
On Tuesday, his lawyers were informed that his preliminary hearing, scheduled for this Thursday, has been adjourned and rescheduled to be heard later next month after he notified the court he would be contesting all charges.
The decision to allow Creek to play is not an indication of his guilt or innocence in relation to the criminal investigation being undertaken by Victoria Police, which the NBL and South East Melbourne are treating extremely seriously.
He will relinquish his co-captaincy of the team and will not participate in any community activities with the Phoenix until the matter has been determined by the courts.
Mitch Creek of the Phoenix.Source:Getty Images
The NBL and South East Melbourne will continue to review the matter and will take into consideration any decisions or directions made by the courts.
With the legal process underway and confirmation by Basketball Australia’s Integrity Unit that a hearing panel into its investigation will not be convened prior to the matter being heard by the courts.
The news of Creek’s inclusion comes on the same day that Basketball Australia chief executive Jerril Rechter announced her resignation.
— NCA NewsWire
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