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grbh
03-29-2004, 07:49 PM
Link (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-murphycharged&prov=ap&type=lgns)

Former Rockets star Murphy charged
By PAM EASTON, Associated Press Writer
March 29, 2004

HOUSTON (AP) -- Hall of Fame guard Calvin Murphy surrendered to authorities Monday after being charged with sexually assaulting his daughters more than a decade ago.

Murphy was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault and three counts of indecency, said Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal.

The former Houston Rockets star had no comment when he surrendered. Murphy's attorney, Rusty Hardin, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Edited for Spelling
The charges involve five daughters who were under 17, the Harris County district clerk's office said. The daughters said Murphy sexually abused them between 1988-91, according to an affidavit by Drew Carter of the Texas Rangers.

The prosecutor's office notified other jurisdictions about the charges. ``He has a number of families around the country, according to our research,'' Rosenthal said.

Murphy, 55, a TV analyst for the Rockets, was a star guard for the franchise from 1970-83. The 5-foot-9 player averaged 17.9 points and shot 89.2 percent from the line during his NBA career. He averaged 33.1 points in college at Niagara.

The Rockets granted Murphy a leave of absence from his broadcasting duties.

MavKikiNYC
03-29-2004, 08:02 PM
Wow. Totally sad.

Doesn't Robert Horry have a child with one of Murphy's daughters?

Odd coincidence that I was thinking of Calvin Murphy this weekend, watching John Lucas, Jr. play for OSU. Lucas looked extrmemely fast to me, and reminded me a little bit of Murphy with the way he moved around court.

Very sad to hear this.

Max Power
03-29-2004, 08:24 PM
Innocent until proven guilty and all that but these are some horrifing charges if they are true.

dirno2000
03-29-2004, 09:38 PM
I hopt it's not true, but he'll never get past these allegations. People will always wonder.

ocelot_ark
03-29-2004, 09:57 PM
Maybe the embarassment of the charges will be enough to keep him away from a microphone for the rest of his days.

kg_veteran
03-29-2004, 11:02 PM
That's really sad.

MightyToine
03-29-2004, 11:37 PM
He's guilty.



Doesn't matter if there's evidence or no evidence. Once the "charges" were aired in PUBLIC for EVERYONE to see, it became an open-and-shut case in their eyes.



Calvin Murphy : Child Molester.



The End.

Male30Dan
03-30-2004, 09:15 AM
Originally posted by: ocelot_ark
Maybe the embarassment of the charges will be enough to keep him away from a microphone for the rest of his days.

http://www.mugshots.org/sports/marv-albert.jpg

Does Marv Alberts mean anything to you? i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif

NYCdog
03-30-2004, 09:24 AM
I hopt it's not true, but he'll never get past these allegations. People will always wonder.

Not so fast everyone............the case against Murphy might be shot from the get go. Aparently this might be some extorsion attempt from the daughters to get retirement money left by their mother from Murphy. In fact, one of the daughters named in the charges, told authorities the alleged abuses didn't occur. If that part is true, the case is shot...........

Hall of Famer released on bail; his attorney denies all charges
By ROSANNA RUIZ
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

Hall of Fame basketball player and Houston icon Calvin Murphy was charged Monday with sexually molesting five of his daughters more than a decade ago.

Murphy, a television commentator for the Rockets, surrendered to authorities after being charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of indecency with a child, said Lance Long, a Harris County assistant district attorney.

The charges involve five grown daughters who said Murphy sexually abused them between 1988 and 1991, when they were under 17, according to an affidavit by the Texas Rangers.

Murphy surrendered at a Harris County jail Monday night and later was released after posting $90,000 bail.

Murphy, the Houston Rockets No. 2 all-time leading scorer, had no comment when he surrendered. But at a hastily assembled news conference Monday night, his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said Murphy is not guilty.

"He adamantly denies the charges," Hardin said. "We've investigated these charges for a couple weeks and we are just as convinced it did not happen as the district attorney's office is that it did."

Hardin said Murphy is "absolutely devastated" by the allegations because "he spent his whole life in the public arena and he knows people are going to assume it's true." Hardin said he wished the charges had been presented to a grand jury.

Hardin said the allegations are an attempt to get back at Murphy because he wouldn't give the women money. He said that three daughters wanted retirement money their mother left to Murphy after she died in a car accident. Hardin also said that because of past financial troubles Murphy doesn't have the financial means people assume he has.

Murphy, 55, was one of the Rockets' most popular players, a flamboyant 5-foot-9-inch dynamo considered the ultimate little man. He once held the NBA record for consecutive free throws (78) and averaged in double figures every season he played -- professionally, at Niagara University and in high school in Connecticut.

The Rockets issued a statement saying they granted Murphy a leave of absence from his broadcasting duties, but declined any comment about the charges. Former Rocket Matt Bullard took over for Murphy during Monday's game.

If convicted of the charges, Murphy faces five years to life for the aggravated offenses and two to 20 years for the indecency violations, Long said. Because Murphy doesn't have a criminal history, he could also be eligible for probation if he's convicted, Long added.

District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal said late Monday that Murphy may also face additional charges, but he did not elaborate.

Long would not reveal the origin of the investigation, which he said had been ongoing for several weeks.

Hardin said Murphy, a Sugar Land resident, cooperated with the investigation and that he even escorted witnesses to the district attorney's office for questioning. Hardin said many witnesses, including one of the daughters named in the charges, told authorities the alleged abuses didn't occur.

Hardin questioned why the women are only coming forward 13 years after the most recent incident was alleged to have happened.

The charges are not Murphy's first brush with the law. In 1998, as the city's youth athletic director, he was investigated for claiming on time sheets he worked for the parks department while broadcasting in other cities. He was no-billed by the grand jury.

Murphy remained a local hero -- he was so popular with kids he was sometimes called a Pied Piper -- and was named one of the city's 38 greatest athletes in January as part of the city's Super Bowl XXXVIII celebration. Besides his TV work, he's the Rockets' community services adviser, works with the Clutch City Foundation and conducts clinics. He is also a world-class baton twirler.

The five daughters are Murphy's children from three different women, Long said. In all, Murphy has 14 children.

Estella Olguin, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, said that sexual abuse cases make up 14 percent of the 35,348 abuse cases in Harris County. Sexual abuse cases are the third highest type of abuse cases here, she added. Last year, 5,015 people made sexual abuse allegations, Olguin said.

"We see sexual abuse cases across economic and ethnic lines -- it's across the board. We see it in every type of household; there isn't a typical household," Olguin said.

story link........... (http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/topstory/2474233)

NYCdog
03-30-2004, 09:43 AM
Exactly Male22Dan.........."if" Murph is proven innocent, which I believe will happen, he will be back. Both he and the Rockets know they have a good thing goin on the TV color commentary he does for them. Murph's presence behind the mic has helped make the tag team of him and Worell one of the best in the bizz along with "Waltah and Tommy" in Boston. I'm not a fan of either team but I even often find myself tunning on Rocket games just to listen to Murph. He's basketball intelligent, yet witty and funny. That's why he has been on the Rockets TV team for so long.........and if he's innocent, his tenure will resume.

This is just to hard for me to believe. From what I know and have seen of him, this guy has worked with children his whole life. He has a successfull youth basketball clinic for years that has helped many Houston area youth basketball talent including Rashard Lewis and Emeka Okafor......and there has never been any problems there with any children.

So why is this happening now, why bring it to light 13 years after it allegedly happened........it doesnt add up to me. It just looks like a lame money attempt..........

Drbio
03-30-2004, 09:50 AM
The money thing is very disturbing. If true, I hope the daughters responsible are prosecuted.


If murphy is guilty, I hope they trade those striped suits he wears for striped suits of another kind though.

Be patient. Be fair. Give the man a chance to be innocent until proven guilty.......unless you are Kobe.

MavKikiNYC
03-30-2004, 09:55 AM
Hardin questioned why the women are only coming forward 13 years after the most recent incident was alleged to have happened.

I guess Mr. Hardin will seek to discredit post-traumatic stress disorder.....that is, until he needs it as a defense for another client.

While one might hope that the allegations are baseless, it would not be uncommon at all for there to be a significant lapse of time between an alleged instance of abuse, and the reporting of it. In the case of incest, this would be all the more likely.

Hope it's not true, but it's all a big mess at this point anyway. This type of allegation, however, is rarely about money.

ocelot_ark
03-30-2004, 10:11 AM
I can't believe anyone intentionally tunes in JUST to listen to Calvin Murphy. He's such a moron. When I hear guys like him doing color commentary it gives me false motivation into starting my own broadcasting career.

OutletPass
03-30-2004, 10:11 AM
Glad you posted Kiki .....

As a former CHILD ABUSE PROSECUTOR who tried over 200 cases dealing with SEXUAL abuse and physical abuse of minors , I can tell you one thing very clearly....these cases are never, ever simple. And they are NEVER about money.

If some 20-somethiing doofus can sit down and read a newspaper account and determine the guilt or innocence of someone charged with this kind of criminal offense from a FREAKING newspaper account...said doofus ought to check his ass into a hospital for the insane and ask that the key be thrown far, far away for his safety and mine.

To say that I was totally offended by NYCDog's shallow, simplistic, ridiculous and callous remarks would be an understatemnt of vast proportion.

Murphy3
03-30-2004, 11:05 AM
It is not uncommon in the least bit for this type of charge to come out more than a decade after the last occurrence.

Male30Dan
03-30-2004, 01:02 PM
OP,

You really never had one single sexual abuse related case out of 200 that involved deception and/or betrayal over money?

That is suprising if not... The only reason I ask is because of the two that are in our current media, (Kobe and this one), articles are pointing to that exact factor, (money), regarding why the case was ever filed...

I agree with Dr though about Murphy going to jail IF he is guilty... Incest is SOOO terrible and can traumatize the victims for life... Hopefully it didnt happen for both Calvin's sake and for the daughters' sake... I mean can money replace what was taken from them???

NYCdog
03-30-2004, 06:21 PM
If some 20-somethiing doofus can sit down and read a newspaper account and determine the guilt or innocence of someone charged with this kind of criminal offense from a FREAKING newspaper account...said doofus ought to check his ass into a hospital for the insane and ask that the key be thrown far, far away for his safety and mine.

To say that I was totally offended by NYCDog's shallow, simplistic, ridiculous and callous remarks would be an understatemnt of vast proportion.


OP

Heh..........I knew you would rush to be judgmental of me and look to slam me for my comments.

calling my comments shallow, simplistic, ridiculous and callous are wya off mark........look back and re-read my post carefully.

There is a reason why I kept saying "IF" i.e.............."IF that part was true" ..........."IF" Murph is proven innocent..........

And then there was the usage of the word "MIGHT" on my part as well..........I think you can find some examples of that word in use.

I'm not trying to say Murphy IS innocent of all the charges.

Why I used these words is simply due to the concept of Murphy is innocent until proven guilty.

With you working in criminal law, I'm sure you already knew of that concept.

But given your stance in trying to slam me for my comments, which are purely based on the concept of "Murphy being innocent until proven guilty" which our judicial system goes by.......well, I see the prosecutor in you coming out there.


As a former CHILD ABUSE PROSECUTOR who tried over 200 cases dealing with SEXUAL abuse and physical abuse of minors , I can tell you one thing very clearly....these cases are never, ever simple. And they are NEVER about money.

In respect to you, I'm not going to doubt you on your business..........you are the only one who knows if this is fact or not. I cannot prove this otherwise..........

But, I will say this............I'm guessing none of your 200 cases involved someone famous or in Murphy's high-class stature.

That probably explains why the money and deception that is supposedly involved in Murphy's case have never been involved in any one of the 200 cases you have worked in the past.

In fact, I bet if you were a prosecutor in say.........Hollywood or NYC, you might have come across some cases relative to this one where extortion might have been involved.

To say that money/deception/extortion will "NEVER" be involved in child abuse cases is totally judgmental on your part. In reality, extortion can happen in "any" form, no matter how shocking or unbelievable it might seem to be..........

Besides, in this case, we are not talking directly about "kids" making these accusations.

We are talking about grown adults who are making these accusations..........

With grown adults making these accusations, could it be more likely that this could indeed be an extortion attempt to get money from Murphy?

I'm not gonna try and arugue that for I dont know the facts of the case......

I'll just leave that for our great judicial system to decide.......

MavKikiNYC
03-30-2004, 06:46 PM
Calvin Murphy On Charges: 'My Heart Is Broken'
6 Felony Charges Filed Against Murphy

POSTED: 4:15 pm CST March 30, 2004
UPDATED: 6:08 pm CST March 30, 2004

HOUSTON -- For the first time since he was charged with sexually assaulting his daughters, former Houston Rocket and NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy spoke out Tuesday in an interview with News2Houston.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office filed six felony counts against Murphy, 55. The allegations involve five of Murphy's daughters in incidents from 1988 to 1991, according to prosecutors. Murphy is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and three counts of indecency with a child. Prosecutors said all of the victims are now adults ranging in age from 20 to 27; however, the incidents all occurred when the women were younger than 14 years old.

Murphy told News2Houston's Linda Lorelle that the accusations are totally false. "Did you do it?" Lorelle asked.
"No I didn't," Murphy said. "If I had done something of this magnitude and they have relatives, and they have people they can talk to, I've always encouraged my children to speak their minds. Why 15 years? Why 14 years? Whatever the length of time -- why now? That's what I would ask them. Why now? What attack Daddy now? Daddy spent his whole life taking care of you, raising you. Never did I ever envision I had to protect myself in my own home -- in my own home. It's tough to deal with. I'm trying real hard, you can see, not to be emotional about this, but my heart is broken. Nothing is ever going to be the same again."

Despite the allegations, Murphy said he loves all of his children, including the ones making the accusations.
"I'm a little more emotional because regardless of what the accusations are, I have not talked to my daughters, and as silly as this is going to sound, I love my daughters," he said. Murphy would like to ask his daughters why they did not come to him.
"They've been in my life from day one. They were in my home. I was taking care of them, so that's why this is so devastating and appalling," he said.

News2Houston legal expert Brian Wice said charges coming nearly 10 years after the reported abuse occurred is not uncommon when children are involved in indecent acts with adults."I think if we have learned anything about sexual assault cases involving minor children, we have learned that sometimes youngsters aren't willing and are unable to come forward with outcry until weeks, months, or again, as in this case, sometimes years after the fact," Wice said. "Sometimes it is a case of youngsters receiving therapy that opens them up to disclosure. The Legislature recognized that when they changed the statute of limitations from five years on these kinds of crimes to 10 years past the victim's 18th birthday."

If found guilty, Murphy faces five years to life in prison on the aggravated sexual assault of a child charges, and two to 20 years in prison for the indecency with a child charges. Since Murphy does not have a criminal history, he would be eligible for probation as well, according to legal experts. Murphy turned himself in Monday night and was released on a $90,000 bond. He is expected to make his first appearance in court Tuesday for a probable cause hearing. Murphy could face more charges. Sources told News2Houston that authorities have evidence of other incidents involving the same five women that allegedly occurred when they lived in Sugar Land. Fort Bend County officials may file additional charges.

Wice says it will not be an easy case for Murphy to clear his name.

"Any child sexual assault case, particularly one involving one's natural children, is inherently difficult. When you multiply that times five, it becomes unbearable," Wice said. Murphy's lawyer said three of the daughters making the allegations are involved in a dispute over money with Murphy from his late wife's teacher's pension.

Murphy played for the Rockets from 1970 to 1983 as a star guard. He was inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame on May 10, 1993. Murphy was the all-time leading scorer for the Rockets until Hakeem Olajuwon broke his record. The Rockets retired his No. 23 jersey. The Rockets granted Murphy's request for a leave of absence as a color analyst for Houston Rockets television broadcasts while he fights the charges. Murphy said he has received supportive phone calls from around the country, including from fellow basketball legends. "From Hall of Famers, teachers that I've had, you name it," he said.

Murphy has also received support from his extensive family. He has 14 children from six women. He was married to one and common law husband to another. Murphy said despite having things he would have done differently in his life, he is completely innocent of these allegations.