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Friday, April 21, 2017

Former KU center Jeff Withey accused of domestic violence

Attorney: Ex-fiancée's claims 'salacious and patently false'

Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey (24) pulls away a rebound from Los Angeles Clippers center Marreese Speights (5) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. The Jazz won 96-94. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey (24) pulls away a rebound from Los Angeles Clippers center Marreese Speights (5) during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. The Jazz won 96-94. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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Former Kansas center Jeff Withey, now in the NBA with the Utah Jazz, has been accused by his former fiancée of domestic violence, according to various media reports.

TMZ.com first reported Kennedy Summers, a former Playboy Playmate, made the allegations to the Manhattan Beach Police Department earlier this week, when Withey was in Los Angeles for his team’s playoff matchup with the L.A. Clippers.

No charges have been filed in the case.

"We are aware of the media reports involving Jeff Withey," the Jazz stated in a release. "At this point, we are collecting information and will have no further comment until we have a better understanding of the situation.”

The couple broke off an engagement in October, and a publicist for Summers stated the charges came because Withey’s ex-fiancée “needs to protect herself and come forward about everything so this doesn't happen to her or others in the future.”

An attorney representing Withey, in a statement, called the allegations “salacious and patently false.”

"It is no coincidence that these fabricated claims conveniently come during the middle of the NBA playoffs, or that TMZ and the police department were notified on the same day," Alan Jackson of Werksman Jackson Hathaway & Quinn in Los Angeles, said in the statement. "There is no truth to the accusations, and when the facts come to light we are confident that the falsity of the claims, and the true motivations of the person behind them, will be exposed."

Witney and the Jazz are back in Salt Lake City, Utah, now preparing for Friday’s Game 3, with the series tied, 1-1.

A reserve 7-footer who only appeared in 51 games during his recently completed fourth NBA regular season, Withey has played nine minutes in each of the playoff games, with Jazz starting center Rudy Gobert out due to a knee injury.

Utah coach Quin Snyder told The Salt Lake Tribune Thursday the team is researching the allegations Withey faces.

"We're looking at what the situation is,” Snyder said. “It would be irresponsible for me to comment beyond that until we have more information."

Comments

Phil Leister 3 months, 4 weeks ago

This isn't the first time Withey and his lady have been on TMZ. I think last time she hacked his social media accounts and wrote a bunch of stuff about how he cheated on her.

Stay classy people.

David Robinett 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Perhaps his first mistake was getting engaged to a playboy bunny?

Bryce Landon 3 months, 4 weeks ago

His second mistake is playing for the Jazz with a former Missouri Tigers coach.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Seems amazing that he got them to the playoffs after what we saw from the tiggers.

Harlan Hobbs 3 months, 4 weeks ago

I'm with you Barry. I'll wait for the rest of the story.

Bryce Landon 3 months, 4 weeks ago

I have nothing but fond memories of Jeff Withey during his days in the crimson and blue, and I sincerely hope these accusations are not true.

Harlan Hobbs 3 months, 4 weeks ago

That was my thought as well, Clara. Maybe her modeling career, etc. isn't taking off as well as she expected. However, if a man says it, he will undoubtedly be called a "sexist."

At age 68, I would gladly settle for just being called "sexy." Fat chance, literally!

Andy Tweedy 3 months, 3 weeks ago

You're sexy!!! Since I have no reason to feel otherwise, I'll stand by that!!!

Jonathan Allison 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm not saying that you're not right, but she claims to be a third year medical student, I believe. Certainly though she could easily get more money out of a lawsuit against Withey than she stands as a med student/resident/attending physician any time in the next 4+ years.

Harlan Hobbs 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks, Andy. You are a scholar and a gentleman.

Would prefer hearing it from a Playmate of the Month, however. No offense. As they say, "there may be a little snow on the roof, but there can still be a fire in the furnace!"

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