NBL player Mitch Creek has been cleared to resume basketball activities, leading to a highly negative reaction from fans online.

Creek, who is signed to the South East Melbourne Phoenix, has not played or trained with his team since the 15th of March when he was charged with intentionally causing injury and other offenses by Victorian Police.

However, the NBL, the Australian Basketball Players Association, and the SE Melbourne Phoenix have now agreed that Creek is cleared to rejoin the team, and will play in the team’s Thursday night game against the Illawarra Hawks, per an NBL statement.

Creek’s playing status was updated following the postponement of his preliminary hearing, which was due to take place this Thursday.

While the NBL stated that “The decision to allow him to play is not an indication to his guilt or innocence in relation to the criminal investigation being undertaken by Victoria Police,” fans on social media have responded highly negatively to the news that Creek will be returning to play.

The NBL has been slammed by fans claiming that they have been inconsistent in their decision-making regarding the situation.

Others believe that innocent or guilty, Creek should have been stood down from all basketball activities until the investigation was finished.

Fan’s have also questioned the NBL’s ‘half measures’, which sees Creek give up his co-captaincy of the team and unable to participate in community activities as part of the club, but still clear to play for the team.

Mitch Creek’s hearing has been adjourned to be rescheduled for next month, and both the NBL and SE Melbourne Phoenix will continue to review the matter.