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REPORT: Mateen Cleaves under investigation for alleged role in sexual assault

According to a report from MLive, former Michigan State basketball player Mateen Cleaves is under investigation for possibly being involved in an alleged sexual assault in Genesee County.

Details of the allegations have not been released and the case remains under investigation.

The case has been transferred from Genesee County to Wayne County due to Genesee Prosecutor David Leyton having a possible conflict with a potential witness.

“My family has a relationship with a witness,” Leyton said. “I sought an opinion from the Prosecuting Attorneys Association. Its executive director recommended recusal, as did my management team.”

According to police records, Cleaves has not previously been convicted of any felonies or serious misdemeanors in Michigan though he has had a couple of past issues with the law. In 2010, Cleaves was arrested in Genesee County for suspicion of drunk driving but he pleaded to careless driving. In addition the Flint, MI native faced misdemeanor charges for stealing beer while he was in college, but those charges were dropped.

Cleaves, of course, was part of the Spartan team that won a National Championship in 2000. He was also named Big Ten Player of the Year twice before eventually being drafted in the first round by the Detroit Pistons.

Stay tuned to Detroit Sports Nation for any further updates on this situation.

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