Lawyer: Former La Salle star was relieving himself, not exposing himself

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A former La Salle University basketball star and current head coach at Lincoln University has been charged with exposing himself to people on a walking trail in Lower Merion, according to court documents.

Doug Overton, of the 2400 block of Golf Road in Philadelphia’s Wynnefield neighborhood, was charged Sunday with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct and released on bail, court documents show.

Overton’s attorney, Martin Mullaney, on Wednesday called the charges “outrageous” and “preposterous” and said “it just makes no sense.”

Mullaney said Overton, the 47-year-old head coach of Lincoln University’s men’s basketball team, was walking his 100-pound Rottweiler about noon Sunday on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail, off of Levering Mill Road. “It’s broad daylight” and the trail was “packed,” the attorney said.

“In no way was he walking on the path exposing himself,” Mullaney said. “Doug’s got an impeccable reputation in Philadelphia and in general.”

At one point, Overton “diverted from the trail, went to the bathroom, and continued walking,” Mullaney said.

Asked if it was when Overton went to urinate in the woods that a person allegedly saw him exposing his penis, Mullaney said he didn’t know.

“I don’t know if people were mistaken in what they saw,” he said.

According to the Delco Times, one male witness claimed Overton was walking on the trail with his genitals exposed. The newspaper reported that another witness said Overton was touching his exposed penis while staring at a woman.

Overton, a Big 5 Hall of Famer at La Salle, where he still holds the school records for assists and steals, was the second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons in the 1991 NBA Draft.

Speedy Morris, Overton’s coach at La Salle, said of the allegations: “That’s not the Doug Overton I know. That’s for sure. I’m shocked. Shocked.”

Morris, who also coached Overton’s son, Miles, at St. Joseph’s Prep, said that he hadn’t spoken with Doug Overton over the last couple of weeks but kept in contact with him and didn’t know of any problems in Overton’s life. He described Overton as a “phenomenal” player and person.

“It’s got me baffled,” Morris said. “It’s got me baffled.”

Overton played 11 NBA seasons for eight teams, including 94 games with the Sixers during two separate stints (1996-98, 1999).

After his playing career ended, he landed coaching stints at St. Joseph’s University and the New Jersey Nets before accepting the top job at Lincoln in 2016.

A message left for Lincoln University’s interim president, Richard Green, was not immediately returned Wednesday.

No public home phone number was listed for Overton and he could not be reached by phone at his Lincoln University office. He also did not immediately respond to an email sent to him Wednesday.

“Doug is a great, charismatic individual and he’d love to talk, but on the advice of counsel, he’s not going to give a statement at this time,” his attorney said.

“He maintains his innocence,” said Mullaney. 

“The charges are causing great embarrassment and humiliation to Doug,” said Mullaney, who said his client is a cherished family man who has been married for 24 years and has two children.

Staff writer Mike Sielski contributed to this article.

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