clear
Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 4:28PM

Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson resigns

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson abruptly resigned Tuesday and the team said he had fallen short of meeting its "high standards of conduct" amid reports he had acted improperly toward women.

The Timberwolves announced Brunson's resignation in a one-sentence release and later sent a statement about the 45-year-old former NBA player.

"Our entire organization — made up of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Minnesota Lynx and Iowa Wolves— is deeply committed to creating a safe work environment for our employees, partners and fans," the team said. "We work to maintain high standards of conduct and expect our staff to lead by example. We did not believe Mr. Brunson's conduct was consistent with those standards."

The Star Tribune, citing a source it did not identify, reported Brunson had been the subject of complaints of improper conduct toward women. The Athletic also reported that he was accused of improper conduct toward women while on the job. The Timberwolves did not return phone calls seeking additional comment and the NBA did not respond to a message.

In 2014, Brunson was arrested in suburban Chicago and charged with sexually assaulting a massage therapist. He was acquitted of all counts in that case, saying he had an ongoing extramarital affair with the woman.

The Timberwolves hired Brunson in 2016, and last season was his fourth working under coach Tom Thibodeau, who helped the team reach the NBA playoffs for the first time in 14 years. Brunson had previous assistant coaching jobs with the Denver Nuggets, Charlotte and Chicago, where he worked under Thibodeau.

Brunson played in the NBA for nine years, including stops in New York and Houston. He made it to the playoffs in five of his nine seasons, and was a member of the 1999 Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks, who lost to San Antonio in the finals.

Brunson is the father of Jalen Brunson, The Associated Press men's college basketball player of the year who declared for the NBA draft last month after winning two national titles at Villanova. The star guard averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists per game in 40 games for the Wildcats this season.

___

More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, College Sports, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball, AP Sports - NBA
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Judge orders Jay-Z to face SEC questions in financial probe
A New York judge says Jay-Z must answer questions from the Securities and Exchange Commission in a financial probe by the regulator
3:56PM ( 9 minutes ago )
New York AG's fall: From women's defender to alleged abuser
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's resignation caps a shocking fall from defender of women to alleged abuser of them.
3:47PM ( 18 minutes ago )
House panel OKs plan to grow VA private care, a Trump pledge
A House committee has passed a wide-ranging plan to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system and fix a budget crisis in its Choice private-sector program
3:46PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
AP sources: Hornets finalize deal with Borrego as new coach
People familiar with the situation tell The AP the Hornets have finalized a deal to hire Spurs assistant coach James Borrego as their next head coach
2:57PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP source: Cavs won't discipline Hood for refusal to play
A person familiar with the situations says the Cleveland Cavaliers will not discipline forward Rodney Hood for refusing to go into Game 4 against the Raptors
1:34PM ( 2 hours ago )
Slovakia edges Austria, Latvia shuts out Korea at worlds
Slovakia has rebounded from two losses by rallying to a 4-2 victory over Austria at the ice hockey world championship
1:24PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
Sweep, sleep: Cavs oust Raptors, wait for East finals foe
LeBron, Cavaliers back in Eastern Conference finals after sweeping Raptors
3:25AM ( 12 hours ago )
Advisers aid baseball prospects, might do same in basketball
NCAA baseball draft rules recommended for basketball lauded by star catcher who hired adviser to help navigate process in high school and college
3:16AM ( 12 hours ago )
LeBroom: James, Cavs sweep Raptors to make conference finals
LeBron, Cavs sweep Raptors for second straight year to make East finals
12:39AM ( 15 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Durant's scores 38, Warriors down Pelicans for 3-1 lead
Kevin Durant had 38 points and nine rebounds and Golden State soundly defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 118-92 on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series
8:55PM ( 1 day ago )
Captain crunch: LeBron shines brightest when closing games
With 2 buzzer-beaters already, LeBron James is putting on a show in these NBA playoffs
5:33PM ( 1 day ago )
LeBank: James hits buzzer-beater to down Raptors
LeBron hits bank shot at buzzer to give Cavs 105-103 win and 3-0 series lead
5:07AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - NBA
New York AG's fall: From women's defender to alleged abuser
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's resignation caps a shocking fall from defender of women to alleged abuser of them.
3:47PM ( 18 minutes ago )
House panel OKs plan to grow VA private care, a Trump pledge
A House committee has passed a wide-ranging plan to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system and fix a budget crisis in its Choice private-sector program
3:46PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Stock indexes, oil edge lower as US pulls out of Iran deal
U.S. stocks are edging lower in late-afternoon trading after President Donald Trump announced that the United States is withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran
3:43PM ( 22 minutes ago )
The Latest: Healey says Schneiderman 'right' to resign
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was "absolutely right" following allegations of violence against women by the fellow Democrat
3:36PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Trump declares US leaving 'horrible' Iran nuclear accord
Trump tells the world he is pulling out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran
3:36PM ( 29 minutes ago )