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Posted: Friday March 13, 2009 1:50PM; Updated: Friday March 13, 2009 6:33PM

Grizzlies' Jaric not charged after probe into alleged sexual assault

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Philadelphia P.D. were looking into an alleged incident involving Marko Jaric

Jaric has played 10.3 minutes per game off bench for Grizzlies this year

Phildelphia D.A. has decided not to file charges against Jaric after probe

By Chris Mannix, SI.com

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Marko Jaric is averaging 1.8 points on a career-low 27.1 percent shooting in 35 games for the Grizzlies this season.
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The Philadelphia District Attorney's office has decided not to file charges against Grizzlies guard Marko Jaric after the seven-year veteran was accused of sexual assault by a Philadelphia woman.

According to multiple sources familiar with the investigation, Jaric was the subject of a probe related to an alleged incident that occurred in February, when the Grizzlies were in Philadelphia to play the 76ers.

"I received official word from the Philadelphia District Attorney's office that after a thorough investigation no charges will be filed against my client ... in connection with the alleged incident with an unnamed female on February 11, 2009," said Jaric attorney Bruce Castor in a statement to SI.com.

"Persons in Marko's position are often the target of malicious statements and it is not unusual for the police to be asked to investigate. However, these allegations were proved to be completely false, and while Marko is extremely unsettled by these accusations, he is happy that the law enforcement authorities have cleared him of any criminal conduct and the issue can now be put to rest."

Jaric is in his first season with the Grizzlies. Last month Jaric married longtime girlfriend and Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima.

A native of Belgrade, the 30-year-old guard was selected in the second round of the 2000 NBA draft by the L.A. Clippers before taking the court in the '02-03 season. He was traded to the Timberwolves in '05 before being moving on to Memphis in a draft-night trade last June.

A Grizzlies spokesman had no comment.

NBC Philadelphia first reported that a member of the Grizzlies was under investigation.

 
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