View Full Version : Orlando Magic TV Analyst Jack Givens Arrested

06-30-2004, 10:21 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Orlando Magic television color analyst Jack "Goose" Givens denied Tuesday that he molested a 14-year-old girl, the statement coming hours after he was arrested on sexual battery and lewd molestation charges.

"That is absolutely not true," Givens, 47, told reporters after he was released from jail on $25,000 bond. "Nothing happened. My character and my reputation speak for itself."

Sheriff's deputies arrested Givens at his home late Monday and seized a computer.

Givens, a standout player at the University of Kentucky in the 1970s, three times penetrated the girl with his finger and then tried to get the girl's hand and lips to touch his genitals almost two weeks ago, according to an arrest affidavit. The girl didn't consent to being touched, investigators said, and was underage anyway.

The incidents occurred in a swimming pool and a bedroom at the girl's house where Givens had come over to give one-on-one basketball coaching, the affidavit said. The girl and Givens knew each other from a youth basketball league that she played in and in which he was a coach on another team.

The girl pulled away from Givens when he touched her in the swimming pool and later when he came into the girl's bedroom where she had gone to change her clothes, the affidavit said.

The girl's grandmother who was at the home called the girl's mother twice at her work to report what she thought was inappropriate behavior in the swimming pool and later called the girl out of her bedroom out of concern for her well-being, the affidavit said.

"She's upset that she was thrown into a situation that she has no control over," Detective Sandra Cawn said of the girl.

Later that day, Givens sent an instant message by computer to the girl, stating that he had "used bad judgment." A physical examination given several days later showed injury consistent with repeated digital penetration, the affidavit said.

A week after the alleged battery, Givens told the girl in a telephone conversation monitored by detectives, "Whatever I did that was wrong ... in your mind, I'm very, very sorry ... This is very serious so we might just need to talk to your parents about it," the affidavit said.

Magic spokesman Joel Glass said the team wouldn't comment on the arrest.

"The matter is in the hands of the proper authorities and we are concerned for everyone involved," Glass said in a statement.

Givens graduated from the University of Kentucky where he is remembered for scoring 41 points during the the Wildcats' win over Duke in the 1978 NCAA tournament final. He was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks later that year and played two seasons with the team, averaging 6.7 points per game.

He has worked as a broadcaster for Turner Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN. He and his wife have a teenage son and daughter.

Sgt. Matthew Irwin, an investigator with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, said he wouldn't characterize Givens as a pedophile despite the girl's age.

"It's more like one bad decision leads to another leads to another and all the sudden it snowballed and you lost control of the situation," Irwin said. "He's not in a position to be casual about his bad decisions."

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