Rick Brunson, a former standout player at Temple who spent nine years in the NBA and was recently tied to an assistant coaching vacancy at his alma mater, has been arrested in the Chicago area and charged with attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, and third-degree aggravated battery. The whole incident reportedly deals with Brunson’s apparent obsession with a masseuse.
According to the Sporting News:
“Between 2010 and 2013, he had booked between 10 and 20 massages with the unidentified masseuse before she eventually informed him she would no longer massage him due to an undisclosed incident.
On April 2, 2014, Brunson made an appointment with the masseuse under the name ‘Patrick Ewing.’
When the masseuse walked into the room, she found Brunson — not Ewing — unclothed.
‘Brunson admitted to her that he booked the massage under a different name. … (She) believed he used a fake name to book the massage because she had told him in 2013 that she would not massage him anymore. (She) reluctantly agreed to massage him since he was already there,’ the report says.
After the alleged victim made a formal complaint to the club’s manager, the club rescinded Brunson’s membership, effective April 9.
That same day, the woman alleges, Brunson attempted to contact her multiple times via text messages and phone calls.
She sought a protective order on April 15, writing that she was ‘afraid of (him)’ and ‘just want(ed) him to leave me alone.’”
I’d imagine Ewing, who was Brunson’s teammate during Brunson’s tenure with the New York Knicks, is not exactly thrilled with this story. And you’d think if you were going to pose as someone else, you’d at least choose someone you kind of resemble. Like maybe Boris Diaw. Something like that.
That’s such a standard headline. God, this week is slow.
Here’s some good news for you Temple folks. Nick Menta of the CSN Philly-NBC-Universal-blogsphere-Comcast conglomerate is reporting that Temple is reconsidering its decision to cut seven sports:
The university announced in December its plans to drop baseball, softball, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s gymnastics and men’s indoor/outdoor track and field.
But a source present at Tuesday’s meetings told Comcast SportsNet that Temple’s board of trustees is reconsidering whether it should cut the sports after all. The board is expected to meet and make its decision within the next two to three weeks.
Students and coaches made presentations on Tuesday, lobbying for their programs to continue and attempting to show how each sport could be funded.
A long-awaited possible victory for male gymnasts everywhere. [But for real, this is good news.]
Temple grad Barry Petchesky, of Deadspin, sheds some light on why this happened:
Temple, an urban, Northeastern university with a large commuter student body and a long basketball tradition, noticed the wave of big TV contracts being handed out and wanted a piece of the pie. But the Big East had kicked them out. Rather than drop out of Division 1A, as seemed likely and logical, Temple stayed independent and decided to spend. They moved into an NFL stadium, paying more than $265,000 per home game in rent. They clambered into the MAC, but kept their eyes on a bigger prize. Moderate on-field success spurred further budget inflation. Finally, they made the leap back to the Big East—just as the Big East fell apart.
Temple, once the program that no conference wanted, finds itself in a conference no program wants to be a part of. The realignment era in college football has been insanely lucrative for those teams savvy enough to jump at the right time and to the right place, but that naturally came at the expense of those left behind—or more painfully, those who made the wrong choices.
via reader Ryan
From Temple News:
The Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from Athletic Director Kevin Clark Friday to eliminate seven intercollegiate sports from the university’s Division I sponsorship, effective July 1, 2014.
The following sports will be cut: baseball, softball, men’s crew, women’s rowing, men’s gymnastics and men’s indoor/outdoor track & field. Approximately 150 student-athletes will be affected and nine full-time coaches will lose their jobs.
The cuts were described by officials as a culmination of the university’s long history of an underfunded athletic department despite sponsoring a relatively large number of sports. Student-athletes under scholarship are still guaranteed financial aid for the remainder of their academic tenure and will be able to transfer without sitting out a year.
I’m not qualified to have an opinion on this or any insight on how something like this happens, but this is pretty sad.
The last time College GameDay was in town
This is cool. Because I’m a snob, I think that every College GameDay in Philadelphia should include Villanova… but still, this is cool: ESPN College GameDay is coming to The Palestra for Temple-La Salle on January 18.
From La Salle:
Tickets for the game will be split evenly between the two schools and the student section behind the ESPN GameDay set will also be divided equally.
The game at the Palestra will conclude ESPN’s “My Home Court” initiative – a week-long celebration of college basketball’s greatest venues.
Oddly, the game won’t be ESPN’s featured matchup that day. The show will air at 10 a.m. and the game will be at 12 p.m., rather than the usual prime time start at College GameDay sites.
The night game that night is Louisville-UCONN.
Settle down, Khalif, you still can
As I wrote the other day, I truly don’t understand all the hype surrounding Instagram.
Neither does the NCAA.
This column, published by the corrupt organization, answered some commonly asked questions NCAA coaches may have about recruiting young, impressionable athletes (I’m assuming there’s a different version of this for John Calipari, one that says it’s OK to pay players, use World Wide Wes to hook them up with basketball stars and celebrities, and make class an optional distraction). This one stood out:
Question: May a coach take a photo and use software (e.g., Instagram, Photoshop, Camera Awesome, Camera+,) to enhance the content of the photo (e.g., changed color of photo to sepia tones or add content to the photograph), and send it to a prospective student-athlete as an attachment it to an email or direct social media message?
Answer: No, a photograph that has been altered or staged for a recruiting purpose cannot be sent to a prospective student-athlete.
Well, there goes the possibility of Fran Dunphy sending a potential 3-star recruit a hazy-hued cityscape from the corner of Broad and Cecil B. Moore. Sadstons.
Allen quickly recalibrated and followed up:
Not really sure the USDA's recommended daily intake of good, sweet lovin'. But it seems Temple's Khalif Wyatt needed more than is permissible by law.
This weekend, he was busted by Atlantic City police along with 27 others allegedly involved in a South Jersey prostitution syndicate.
CSN Philly reports that Wyatt tried to solicit an undercover officer. Woops. More details: [CSN Philly]
Wyatt was taken into custody early on Sunday morning near the intersection of Montpelier Avenue and Pacific Avenue and charged with engaging in prostitution and resisting arrest. Agents from the FBI Lost Innocence Task Force, as well as officers from the Absecon Police Department and the Atlantic County Sherriff's Department were involved in the two-day operation that, according to a press release, was designed to "combat the prostitution problem in Atlantic City."
It's way too early to tell whether this was "wrong place, wrong time," whether Wyatt had been going all Franck Ribery (albeit with, at least per the current information, adults), or anywhere inbetween. All we know is that, according to that mention right there, dude was dabbling in something he probably shouldn't have been, and now he's got problems. He was also cited for resisting arrest.
According to CSN, Wyatt's arrest came early Sunday morning, which would have been just after he turned 21. Note the timestamps from late Saturday night:
And when he woke up on Sunday, at 12:40 p.m.:
Presumably, he was arrested sometime between those first two Tweets and the third one.
More certain? That the rising juinor for the Owls who posted 17.1 points per game a year ago (second-best on the team) doesn't have a repeat season in his immediate future.