Thursday , Jul , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Former Rocket Calvin Murphy indicted amid sexual abuse allegations

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Former NBA great Calvin Murphy was
indicted Thursday on six counts of sexual abuse, accusing him of molesting
five of his own daughters more than a decade ago.

Murphy, a Hall of Fame guard and longtime Houston Rockets player now doing
color commentary for the team, pleaded not guilty to the charges when they
initially surfaced in March.

Murphy was granted a requested leave of absence from his broadcasting duties
with the Rockets after the original charges were filed.

He faces three counts of indecency with a child and three counts of aggravated
sexual assault. Murphy is currently free on $20,000 bail, but if convicted
could receive five years to life in prison for the aggravated violations and
two to 20 years for the indecency offenses

The 55-year-old Murphy has fathered 14 children with nine woman. Murphy spent
all 13 of his NBA seasons with the Rockets franchise and was enshrined
into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1993. When he was inducted into the Hall of
Fame, he was the Rockets’ all-time leading scorer (17,949, 17.9 ppg) until
being surpassed by Hakeem Olajuwon.

He was an All Star in 1979 and had his No. 23 jersey retired by Houston in
1984, only the second Rocket player to be so honored.