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Former Chicago Bull Rick Brunson Has Been Charged on Criminal Sexual Assault and Battery

July 31st, 2014 at 4:05 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Dating back to an incident on April 2, with an employee at a fitness center in northern suburb Vernon Hills – ex-Bull Rick Brunson, 42, was indicted on charges of attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, domestic battery and aggravated battery today in a Lake County courtroom.

According to a redacted police report released on July 8 and obtained by the Chicago Tribune through an open records request, the employee, a message therapist, notified Brunson she would no longer give Brunson messages due to an undisclosed problem stemming back to 2013.

In April, Brunson had allegedly booked an appointment with the fitness center under the alias “Patrick Ewing” who is a former teammate of Brunson’s with the New York Knicks and also an NBA Fall-of-Famer. According to the police report, Brunson told gym officials booking appointments under an alias is something he had previously done often during his playing career. The employee, also according to the police report, believes Brunson used the alias because she told Brunson she’d no longer work with him.

On June 25, Brunson was arrested in connection with the April 2 incident and initially charged with attempted criminal assault, criminal sexual abuse, and three counts of aggravated battery. According to the police report, Brunson had formerly booked messages with the employee at the fitness center 10-20 times and had always booked appointments under his name, not an alias.

Brunson’s fitness membership was revoked on April 9, and posted a $5,000 bond after his arrest on June 25.

Today in court, prosecutors requested Brunson was no longer allowed to be on the fitness center premises. Brunson was granted permission to leave the state for functions involving his children, and also for job interviews.

As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Brunson was closing on an opportunity to become an assistant coach on the University of Temple’s staff, which is also Brunson’s alma mater. Brunson’s son, Jalen, is also a highly sought after recruit and ranked by some scouting databases as the No. 1 point guard prospect in the nation and was considering a formal offer extended by Temple.

Brunson had two separate stints as a player for the Chicago Bulls and served two years as an assistant coach for the Bulls. Brunson joined Chicago's staff in 2010, but left in 2012-13 to coach in Charlotte. However, Brunson moved his family to the Lincolnshire area upon joining the Bulls as an assistant and his son attended Stevenson High School, where he will still attend for his upcoming senior season.

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