Ex-NBA player arrested, charged with attempted criminal sexual assault


rick-brunson-clippersFormer NBA player Rick Brunson was arrested and charged with attempted criminal sexual assault after being accused of grabbing an employee at Life Time Athletic Center in north suburban Vernon Hills, according to police, Chicago Tribune reported.

The charges stem from a June 25 incident and also include criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery, according to a police report.

Brunson played 9 seasons in the NBA, for Portland TrailBlazers, NY Knicks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics and Houston Rockets. He played in total 337 NBA games (starting in 51), averaging 3.2 ppg and 2.6 apg in 13.5 mpg.

Brunson is a former Temple University basketball star who was a candidate to be the Owls’ next assistant coach, according to news reports.

Brunson’s son Jalen, who will be a senior at Stevenson High School, averaged 26.1 points per game last season and is ranked by ESPN as the nation’s top point guard prospect. Temple was listed as one of Jalen Brunson’s final eight college choices.

Jason Thunstrom, vice president for Life Time Fitness Inc. based near Minneapolis, said the company will launch its own internal investigation “with the primary emphasis of working with local authorities.”

“The bulk of our attention now is taking the lead from local authorities from the course of our cooperation. We are certainly aware of what’s been alleged. We are just gathering details right now as best we can,” he said.

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