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Former Clippers, Warriors veteran Corey Maggette denies rape accusation

Corey Maggette

Former NBA player Corey Maggette has denied allegations that he raped a woman back in 2000, according to Kevin Draper, Stephanie Saul and Marc Tracy of The New York Times.

R. Stanton Jones, a partner at the Arnold & Porter law firm in Baltimore, says that the woman, Meredith Watson, told him during the summer of 2001 that she had been raped by Maggette.

Maggette replied in a statement:

“It has only been through media accounts and a statement from Meredith Watson’s lawyer that I first learned or heard of anything about these sexual assault allegations,” said Maggette. “I have never sexually assaulted anyone in my life and I completely and categorically deny any such charge.”

Maggette last played in the NBA during the 2012-13 campaign, playing in 18 games for the Detroit Pistons.

The 39-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at Duke University, was originally selected by the Seattle Supersonics in the first round (13th pick overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft but was immediately traded to the Orlando Magic.

Maggette spent just one season with the Magic before being dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers, where he went on to spend the bulk of his 14-year NBA career. He averaged over 20 points per game twice with the Clippers, including the 2004-05 campaign in which he registered 22.2 points a night.

The Melrose Park, Il. native also spent time with the Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets before ending his career in Detroit.

Maggette owns lifetime averages of 16 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game over 827 career contests.