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Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks won’t be charged in domestic violence incident

Sep 14, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Maurice Cheeks AP

It’s been a strange NBA offseason, in that two newly-hired head coaches found their names in the news due to run-ins with the law.

At least one of them has now been exonerated.

Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks was reportedly involved in a domestic violence incident last month, and although he was not arrested or charged with a crime, when the police are called to your home and then you head down to the station for questioning, your name will end up in a headline if there’s even a small amount of fame attached to it.

The formal update is that the investigation has been completed, and Cheeks won’t be charged.

From the Detroit Free Press:

Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks will not be charged in a domestic incident that occurred Aug. 30 in Birmingham, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper told the Free Press today.

Cheeks went to the Birmingham police station for questioning and was released after police were called to a Woodward Avenue address. He was not arrested. Birmingham police conducted an investigation and presented its findings to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.

Cooper said the witness in the investigation was uncooperative with prosecutors and refused to press charges. “She left the state and refused to cooperate,” Cooper said.

Cheeks can hopefully put all of this behind him now.

We’re still awaiting word of a resolution in the other case that involved an NBA head coach this summer: Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested and charged with a DUI back on August 28.

  1. zoomy123 - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I really hate it when guys get off for domestic abuse because the woman won’t press charges. Every state should have laws that allow the prosecutor to prosecute these punks whenever there is sufficient evidence to to so, even if the woman won’t cooperate

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      the woman’s testimony/affidavit is a BIG part of the evidence…

      • zoomy123 - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Yes, but it’s not the ONLY evidence. If police show up to the scene of a domestic dispute and the woman has a black eye, they can probably surmise she didn’t get that from falling. There are already states where the prosecutor is empowered to go after domestic abusers even when the woman (or spouse, if it is a man) refuse to cooperate.

  2. onlyavoice - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Once A Thug, Always A Thug.
    Fits Right In With Detroiters

  3. 24thesho - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Perhaps it was because he didn’t do anything and she realized she was wrong.

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