Victoria Police prosecutors have withdrawn assault charges against Australian basketball star Mitch Creek
Victoria Police prosecutors have withdrawn assault charges against Australian basketball star Mitch Creek.
The 28-year-old, who plays for the South East Melbourne Phoenix in the National Basketball League (NBL), was facing charges of intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury and unlawful assault.
On Wednesday afternoon, prosecutors told a contest mention hearing at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court they would be withdrawing the charges.
Police did not outline why they would no longer be pursuing the matter and all charges against Mr Creek were struck out.
The court heard the complainant in the case was a woman who had been in an intimate relationship with the player.
Mr Creek, who is one of the league’s top players and has previously played in the US’s National Basketball Association, relinquished his role as Phoenix co-captain when the charges were laid in mid-March.
He was also stood down from training or playing.
But the league reversed that decision two weeks later, allowing Mr Creek to return to play while the case was before the courts.
Mr Creek joined the Phoenix in 2019 as one of the franchise’s marquee signings and agreed to a contract extension last year.
The Phoenix and the NBL are expected to release a statement this afternoon.