Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Rick Brunson resigned Tuesday amid allegations of improper conduct with several women, The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski reported today:
Timberwolves assistant Rick Brunson, who resigned today, was facing allegations of improper interactions with several women while on the job, @TheAthleticMIN has learned. The Athletic has reached out to the Wolves and Brunson for comment.— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) May 8, 2018
Krawczynski reports that the most recent incident came during the playoffs, when a woman who does not work for the team lodged a complaint with the Timberwolves after Brunson made several unwanted advances toward her, sources outside of the team told The Athletic.
While details are still unknown, ESPN’s Chris Haynes tweeted that sources indicated that one of the women was a media member:
ESPN Sources: One of the women is a media member. https://t.co/HprdsjCAoR— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 8, 2018
When reached by the Athletic for comment, the Minnesota Timberwolves released a statement, reading:
“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 issued Tuesday afternoon. “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.”
Brunson played for eight NBA teams in his nine year NBA career, including stints with the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1997-98 and 2001-02 seasons.