LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech basketball player Pop Isaacs is facing a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault of a minor. The lawsuit claims that Isaacs assaulted a 17-year-old girl while the Red Raiders were playing in a tournament in the Bahamas last November. Despite the allegations, the university stated that Isaacs “remains in good standing.”
The lawsuit was brought by the parents of the girl, who contacted Red Raiders coach Grant McCasland on December 14 to report the incident. McCasland then notified athletic director Kirby Hocutt and other university officials. Since then, Isaacs has played in four games.
Texas Tech promptly reported the accusation to its Title IX office, initiating an investigation. The athletic department reached out to the Title IX office twice and was informed on both occasions that Isaacs could continue participating in university activities, including basketball competition.
The university emphasized that its ongoing Title IX investigation will proceed independently of the civil lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in Lubbock County, where the Texas Tech campus is located. Details of the lawsuit have not been made publicly available at this time.
According to the lawsuit, a Texas Tech booster provided alcoholic drinks to Isaacs and a teammate. The girls involved were aged 17 and 16. The lawsuit alleges that Isaacs and the 17-year-old went to another room where the sexual assault occurred after she had attempted to defend herself.
Isaacs, a 20-year-old sophomore from Las Vegas, is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 15.8 points and 3.4 assists per game. He was recognized as one of the outstanding players of the week in the Big 12 conference, sharing the honor with West Virginia’s RaeQuan Battle. Isaacs was also the third highest-scoring freshman in the Big 12 last season.
The Red Raiders are set to commence their Big 12 play with a game against Texas on Saturday.
In conclusion, Texas Tech basketball player Pop Isaacs is facing a civil lawsuit alleging sexual assault of a minor. The university has stated that Isaacs remains in good standing but has also reported the accusation to its Title IX office, initiating an investigation. The lawsuit alleges that Isaacs assaulted a 17-year-old girl during a tournament in the Bahamas. The university’s Title IX investigation will continue independently of the civil lawsuit. Isaacs, a talented sophomore, is the Red Raiders’ leading scorer.