Wolves forward Dante Cunningham jailed again

Dante Cunningham remained in jail Sunday night after being arrested for allegedly making terroristic threats.

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Dante Cunningham drove for the basket against Portland.

Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham, charged last Friday with felony domestic assault, was arrested again by Medina police Sunday — this time on a possible terroristic threats charge.

He was being held without bail at the Hennepin County jail.

Medina police officer Chris McGill on Sunday confirmed Cunningham’s arrest, but declined to give details. He said that the department would issue a news release Monday morning.

The Timberwolves said in a statement: “The situation with Dante Cunningham is very fluid and we continue to monitor all available information. We reiterate that the Minnesota Timberwolves do not condone the behavior described in the accusations. We continue to wait for the legal process to run its course and will have further comment when appropriate.”

Jail records show Cunningham was booked at 12:24 p.m. Sunday, a day before he was expected to appear in court in response to last week’s domestic assault charge. In that case, he is accused to trying to strangle a woman in his Medina home.

According to the complaint, the woman told authorities that the two have been living together for eight months, but having problems lately, including an argument about 3:30 a.m. Thursday after which Cunningham left in anger and she then locked the bedroom door.

A short time later, the complaint stated, Cunningham returned, kicked in the bedroom door, slammed her against the wall and choked her for about 15 to 20 seconds before letting her go and leaving the home.

After he was arrested and the domestic assault charge was filed, Cunningham was released from jail Friday night. He posted $40,000 bail and was ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim.

He then joined the Wolves in Orlando on Saturday, and started the game because star Kevin Love could not play due to injury. Cunningham played more time than any other Wolves player.

Cunningham played because the NBA and its teams typically do not discipline or suspend players until the legal process is completed. The team, in consultation with the league and its lawyers, allowed Cunningham to join the team in Orlando and play Saturday night. After the game, Wolves coach Rick Adelman said he spoke with Cunningham before the game and said Cunningham wanted to play.

“I didn’t see any reason why he wouldn’t at this point,” Adelman said.

Cunningham had declined to comment Saturday night through a team spokesman, citing his legal issues from the domestic assault charge filed Friday.

 

Staff Writer Jerry Zgoda contributed to this report. Anthony Lonetree • 651-925-5036

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