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|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.
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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 Pernell McPhee Color Rush Jersey , 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 Ravens Lamar Jackson Jersey , 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.
BALTIMORE — The Seattle Mariners came into their final series of a three-city road trip having won just one of six games against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox Now, they have a chance Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
Seattle has won the first three games of this series, the last coming on Wednesday with an 8-7 victory in 11 innings over the slumping and injury-riddled Orioles. After rallying in the ninth, the Mariners can get their first four-game sweep in Baltimore in team history.
Mike Leake (8-4 Rashaan Evans Color Rush Jersey , 4.11 ERA) will start for the Mariners against Jimmy Yacabonis (0-0, 15.43).
Dylan Bundy was supposed to make the start for Baltimore, but the Orioles put him on the disabled list Tuesday after he rolled his ankle while running the bases in Atlanta last weekend.
Leake has no record in just one career game against the Orioles. This season, the right-hander has won five of his last six decisions and pitched well.
Yacabonis was just called up Wednesday and will be making his first appearance against the Mariners, who have hurt the Orioles with late-inning rallies.
Seattle won the first game 5-3 with two runs in the seventh. The Mariners posted a 3-2 win Tuesday thanks to a pair of runs in the eighth. Then, Seattle tied Wednesday’s game on Kyle Seager’s two-run homer in the ninth and won it on a Denard Span 11th-inning sacrifice fly.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he talked with Manny Machado about the way the shortstop did not fully run out the ground ball that became a double play in Tuesday’s loss and agreed it did not look good.
“It still is a really bad presentation and he knows that http://www.cardinalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-josh-rosen-jersey ,” Showalter told reporters on Wednesday. “The toughest thing about it is it’s a poor presentation of what he’s really about.”
Machado must have gotten the message because he made an alert base-running play in Wednesday’s loss, scoring all the way from first when the Mariners mishandled a throw from the outfield to the plate.
On the injury front, Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz did not start for a second straight day due to lower back tightness/spasms. Cruz told reporters on Wednesday that he’s hoping to be back for Thursday afternoon’s game.
Mariners manager Scott Servais also was hopeful of getting Cruz’s big bat in the lineup for the series finale.
“Nellie feels much today,” Servais told reporters before Wednesday’s game. “Still thought it would be best, talking to our medical staff, that we give him an extra day. Tough not putting him in here. I know he’s anxious to play here in Baltimore.”
The Orioles’ season-long injuries problems have continued in this series.
Side-arming right-hander Darren O’Day injured his hamstring while trying to field a bunt in Tuesday’s loss and went on the disabled list.
He initially hurt the hamstring several days ago but will be out after re-aggravating it.
Outfielder Craig Gentry also went on the 10-day disabled list with a rib fracture (retroactive to June 24). Baltimore brought up the versatile Steve Wilkerson from Norfolk to fill Gentry’s spot.
The team was not sure on when either O’Day or Gentry would return — and that’s the way it’s gone much of this season for the Orioles. They’ll also be making one or two more roster moves before Thursday’s contest.
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