NBA Basketball Forward Arrested After Threatening Girlfriend
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[April 08, 2014]
By David Bailey
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) — Minnesota
Timberwolves basketball team forward, Dante Cunningham, charged last
week with choking his live-in girlfriend during a domestic assault, is
now suspected of sending her threatening messages, police said on
Cunningham, 26, was arrested on a felony domestic assault charge
and ordered to stay away from the woman after an alleged attack on
Thursday in Medina, Minnesota, a suburb west of Minneapolis. He
posted a bond and was released on Friday.
He then traveled to Orlando, and played nearly 34 minutes in a
100-92 loss against the Orlando Magic on Saturday. The Timberwolves
have already been eliminated from the NBA playoff contention.
But police said they returned to the home early on Sunday to
investigate a potential violation of the protective order after a
report that the same woman was receiving threatening messages from
"They were direct threats that rose to the terroristic level,"
Medina Police Chief Edgar Belland said in a telephone interview on
Cunningham turned himself in just before noon on Sunday in
Minneapolis and was held without bond. He also gave investigators
his cellphones and computers for examination, Belland said.
However, Cunningham has not been charged in the threats case, which
is still under investigation, Belland added.
Cunningham appeared in court on Monday afternoon on the initial
charge and another court date was scheduled for May 7, according to
court records. He posted bond and was released later on Monday,
according to jail records.
A lawyer representing Cunningham declined to comment.
The Timberwolves said in a statement on Sunday the team was waiting
for the legal process to run its course and would comment when
appropriate, calling the situation "very fluid."
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"We reiterate that the Minnesota Timberwolves do not condone the
behavior described in the accusations," the team said in its
A criminal complaint filed last week said the woman told police that
she and Cunningham had been living together for eight months. She
said she had locked their bedroom door after he left the home in
anger following an argument.
She told police that when he returned, he kicked in the bedroom
door, grabbed her around the neck and slammed her against the wall,
choking her so tightly that she could not breathe, the complaint
(Reporting by David Bailey; editing by Colleen Jenkins and G. Crosse)
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