Fresno, Calif. Utah Jazz rookie DeShawn Stevenson pleaded innocent Friday to the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl.
The girl told police that the 20-year-old Stevenson and two other men took her and a 15-year-old friend to a motel June 6. There, she said, Stevenson and 19-year-old DeShawn Anderson gave the two girls alcohol and had consensual sex with them.
Stevenson, a backup guard who went into the NBA straight from high school, faces up to three years in prison if convicted. Anderson also pleaded innocent. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 30.