Rick Brunson charged with sexual assault

Inquirer Staff Writer

Rick Brunson, a former Temple men's basketball star and a candidate to be the Owls' next assistant coach, was arrested in suburban Chicago on June 25 after an alleged sexual assault at a fitness center.

According to a Vernon Hills (Ill.) police report, Brunson grabbed an employee of Lifetime Fitness and was charged with attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, and third-degree aggravated battery. A court date was not announced.

Brunson, 42, did not immediately return a phone call. Temple had no comment.

According to a source, Brunson was set to be introduced as an Owls assistant this month. His son, Jalen, is a senior at Stevenson High near Chicago and is ranked by ESPN as the nation's No. 1 point guard recruit.

Jalen Brunson is scheduled to sign with a college in November and lists Temple among his final eight schools.

Brunson graduated from Temple in 1994 and played a decade of professional basketball. After retiring, he was a college assistant coach at Virginia and Hartford. He also worked on the staffs of the Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls, and Charlotte Bobcats.

 


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