Russell Otis, the high school coach of Tyson Chandler and Tayshaun Prince, has been accused of trying to get one of his players to commit a sex act on him and attempting to steal $15,000 of Nike sponsorship money. He will now stand trial for these alleged acts next month.
Otis has already been acquitted once when accused of sodomizing another player in 2001. However, he continued to work at Compton Dominguez High School until the embezzlement was discovered; he was then placed on paid leave. As always, the lesson is this: you can be accused of molesting children as long as you win, but don’t you ever mess with Nike.
And Otis did win; he took ten sectional titles and six state crowns in the last 22 years for the school, making them a regional powerhouse and encouraging the best players to transfer to Compton Dominguez.
As mentioned here briefly in March, Otis is accused of sending text messages to a now 17-year-old player, attempting to arrange for a sex act for cash last August. Also, he allegedly forged a letter to try to get a $15,000 check from Nike deposited into his personal checking account.
Otis’ lawyer says that Otis was totally going to retire next year anyway and the whole thing is bogus and the world is just out to get him.