Police confirm sexual assault report involves Randolph

Updated: August 21, 2006, 9:15 PM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police said Monday that Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph is "involved" in a sexual assault report taken last week but is not a suspect.

Sgt. Brian Schmautz, spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, said detectives are interviewing potential witnesses to the incident.

"The Police Bureau will now confirm that on August 14, 2006, an officer took a report of a sexual assault and that the report involved Zach Randolph," Schmautz said in an e-mailed release. "However, the Police Bureau is not identifying Zach Randolph as a suspect in the criminal investigation."

Schmautz declined to be more specific about Randolph and the report because of the investigation. The bureau would not let reporters read the police report.

Schmautz said the results of the investigation would be forwarded to the Multnomah County district attorney's office to present to a grand jury to decide whether any charges should be filed.

Randolph hired Portland attorney Stephen Houze to represent him, Houze's office confirmed Monday. Houze has represented a number of high-profile clients in Oregon, including his successful defense of former Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire on marijuana charges.

Team officials released a statement saying they could not comment because the matter is under investigation. "Once we have all the facts, we will act accordingly," it said.

A message was left seeking comment from Randolph's agent, Raymond Brothers.

Randolph led the Blazers in scoring and rebounding last season, with 18 points and eight rebounds per game, as the team finished with the worst record in the NBA at 21-61 -- missing the playoffs for a third straight year.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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