Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson resigned from his position on Tuesday, the team announced. According to The Athletic, his resignation is a result of allegations of improper conduct towards women.
During the playoffs, a woman who does not work for the Timberwolves alleged that Brunson made several unwanted advances toward her, according to The Athletic. The report also says the Timberwolves interviewed at least two other women about interactions during Brunson’s tenure they deemed out of the ordinary. Neither filed a formal complaint.
“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 Timberwolves said in a statement to The Athletic. “Our teams strive to have our actions reflect our values each and every day. 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.”
In 2014, Brunson was indicted on charges of sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery, and domestic battery after an encounter with a massage therapist, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was later acquitted of all charges.
Brunson spent nine seasons in the NBA as a player, and six as an assistant coach (two with Minnesota). He is also the father of 2018 National Player of the Year and Villanova guard Jalen Brunson, who is expected to be selected in June’s NBA Draft.
Jalen posted this message on Twitter Tuesday afternoon:
Don’t believe everything you read— Jalen Brunson (@jalenbrunson1) May 8, 2018