Lubbock, Texas – Texas Tech sophomore guard Richard “Pop” Isaacs has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl while in Paradise Island, The Bahamas, for a college basketball tournament, according to a civil lawsuit filed in Lubbock County. The girl and her parents filed the lawsuit, alleging that Isaacs engaged in unconsented physical and sexual contact with her.
The incident reportedly occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 25, 2023, after the girl and a friend had been drinking. The lawsuit claims that Isaacs and another teammate, in their hotel room, were provided alcohol and casino chips by a Texas Tech booster. After leaving the room, Isaacs and the girl went to another room where the sexual assault allegedly took place. The lawsuit further states that the girl was unable to provide informed consent due to her intoxicated state and attempted to resist Isaacs.
The girl became aware of Isaacs bragging about having sexual intercourse with her on December 13, 2023. She disclosed the incident to her parents, who then informed Texas Tech coach Grant McCasland about the situation on December 14. McCasland subsequently reported the matter to Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt.
In response to the allegations, Texas Tech University released a statement, confirming that the university’s Title IX office was conducting an investigation into the matter. The university emphasized that the Title IX Office is external to and independent from TTU Athletics. The office will continue its investigation, irrespective of the ongoing civil lawsuit.
The girl’s father declined to comment, while the lawyer representing the girl and her parents did not respond to requests for comment. Similarly, Isaacs’ father and Texas Tech did not provide any statements regarding the allegations.
Isaacs, who has played in all 13 games for Texas Tech this season, is currently averaging 15.8 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game. The team has an 11-2 record and is scheduled to play against Texas on Saturday.
The allegations against Isaacs highlight the serious and sensitive nature of sexual assault cases on college campuses. The lawsuit serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to address these issues and ensure the safety and well-being of students.
In summary, Texas Tech guard Richard “Pop” Isaacs faces accusations of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl during a college basketball tournament in The Bahamas. A civil lawsuit has been filed, and the university has initiated a Title IX investigation in response to the allegations. Isaacs remains in good standing with the university and continues to participate in basketball activities pending the completion of the investigation.