Texas Tech basketball: Red Raider guard Pop Isaacs accused of assault in lawsuit

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Friday, news broke that Texas Tech sophomore guard Richard "Pop" Isaacs has been accused of assaulting a minor during the Red Raiders' trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis in November. According to documents obtained by ESPN, the allegations are that Isaacs sexually assaulted a 17-year-old female whose family is bringing a civil lawsuit against Isaacs.

According to Myron Medcalf of ESPN, "The lawsuit alleges a Texas Tech booster bought alcoholic drinks for Isaacs and a teammate. They were in a room with two girls, ages 17 and 16. The lawsuit says Isaacs and the 17-year-old went to another room, where she was sexually assaulted after she 'attempted to fight him off.'

"According to the lawsuit, Texas Tech coach Grant McCasland was contacted by the plaintiffs Dec. 14. McCasland reported the situation to athletic director Kirby Hocutt and other university officials, it says."

News channel KCBD in Lubbock is also reporting that Isaacs will play in the Red Raiders' Big 12 opener in Austin on Saturday night.

Isaacs has played in and started every game for the Red Raiders this season. He is averaging 15.8 points per game to lead the team in scoring. As of the time of this post, there has been no official statement from Texas Tech or the Texas Tech basketball program.

These allegations are similar to those levied against former Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey who was accused of sexual assault by a female Texas Tech student in 2017 who claimed she was too intoxicated to consent to sex at the time of the incident in question. That situation ended with a mutual agreement by all parties that Duffey would be suspended from the university for two semesters, a suspension he served in 2018. Duffey would return to the program and play for the Red Raiders until he graduated in 2020 when he entered then the transfer portal.

Texas Tech is set to face the Longhorns on the road Saturday night at 7 pm central time. The game can be seen on ESPN2.