Report: Suns Forward Michael Beasley Under Investigation for Sexual Assault Allegations


Michael Beasley, Harrison BarnesWhen we wrote earlier on Tuesday that Ryan McDonough has a mess to clean up in Phoenix, this is not what we meant.

As if things could get any worse for the Suns franchise, a report on Tuesday indicates that forward Michael Beasley is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault.

“At this point, we can only say the investigation is ongoing,” Scottsdale, Ariz., police spokesman David Pubins told ABC15. “We are interviewing those involved and processing any physical evidence we may have to try and determine if criminal charges are appropriate.”

Beasley, 24, is a middling player coming off a typically mediocre first season with the Suns. The one-dimensional scorer managed just 10.1 points per game and is unlikely to be moved, since the Suns will find it difficult to find a trade partner that would take Beasley’s baggage for such meager production. Beasley has previous run-ins with the law for marijuana possession, speeding and driving with a suspended license.

Beasley is due to earn $12.25 million over the next two seasons, but the second season is not guaranteed. The No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft averaged 19.2 points per game for the Timberwolves in 2010-11, but that increasingly looks like an outlier in an otherwise disappointing five-year career.

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