Kevin Johnson Facing Sexual Misconduct Accusation

Kevin Johnson Facing Sexual Misconduct Accusation

Video may force ex-NBA star to resign as Sacramento mayor.

Published October 14, 2015

Former NBA star Kevin Johnson is facing pressure to resign as Sacramento mayor because of a resurfaced sexual misconduct allegation against him from 20 years ago.

Sacramento voters knew about the allegation that Johnson molested Mandi Koba when she was a teenager, and still twice voted him as the mayor of the city. However, the claim has resurfaced via a damaging video of the then-teenaged Koba sitting on her hands in a police interrogation room, which could lead to the mayor possibly resigning or at least not going for a third term in office, according to the Sacramento Bee.

“You read the stories, you read a transcript from a court case and that’s one thing,” Democratic political consultant Andrew Acosta told the Bee. “But you see this young girl [in a video] and it has a different impact. We’ve followed the story for years in Sacramento, but if it’s the first time you’ve seen it, I’m assuming it’s powerful to people.”

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The fallout from the video has already begun. ESPN announced that it's delaying its 30 for 30 documentary, Down in the Valley, a story involving Johnson about Sacramento's campaign to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle in 2013.

“It’s unfortunate that stories like this continue to come forward,” Johnson said. “When I ran for mayor [in 2008], I knew these were all going to be a part of fair play. Politics is a game that throws out dirty things along the way and you’ve got to take hits on the chin.”

This hit on the chin, however, could lead to Johnson's resignation.

“If I were putting down money on which way the committee would go, I would bet on a call for resignation," chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, Kerri Asbury said. “At a minimum, I think he needs to not seek re-election. I feel the integrity of the mayor’s office has been broken.”

Johnson has long denied the allegations and authorities investigating Koba's claims didn't pursue the charges. Reportedly, Johnson and Koba signed a draft settlement agreement for $230,000 in 1997. He's expected to decide about running for a possible third term soon.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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