Cleaves responds to sexual assault charges

Posted at 7:23 PM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 13:41:12-04

Former Michigan State University basketball star Mateen Cleaves has issued his first statement since being charged with sexual assault.

Wednesday afternoon, Cleaves tweeted a statement saying:

My family and I are devastate by these false charge. I am innocent and the allegations are without merit. We truly appreciate your continued support.


Cleaves was arraigned on the charges Wednesday morning in a move blasted by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, whose office is handling the case.

He is accused of assaulting a woman in Mundy Township last year.