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Timberwolves’ Dante Cunningham arrested on suspicion of “terroristic threats” charge

Apr 7, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

Dante Cunningham AP

UPDATE 10:33: Dante Cunningham is now out of jail after having posted $150,000 bail, according to multiple reports. He is under orders not to contact the woman in question.

3:59 pm: After getting arrested for the second time in three days, and over the objections of the defense attorney, Monday a judge ordered Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham to spend more time in jail awaiting charges over an alleged threat to a woman who had lived with him.

Cunningham was first arrested last Friday morning on an alleged felony domestic abuse charge that he choked a woman who said she had been living with him for the past eight months (she said there had been a rough patch of late in the relationship). He was released on $40,000 bail and told as part of this to stay away from the woman and not have contact with her.

As previously reported, he was arrested again on Sunday and police gave some details of what led to the second arrest, via the Star-Tribune.

About 3 a.m. Sunday, the woman called police back to the home in the 400 block of Medina Road and said Cunningham was violating a court order for protection that required the NBA veteran to not have contact with the woman.

She said was she was receiving “threatening messages” from Cunningham, said Police Chief Ed Belland. “Officers reviewed the messages and found they were direct and rose to a terroristic level.”

Cunningham turned himself in shortly before noon Sunday in Minneapolis, the chief added.

Monday Cunningham was in court wearing the orange jail jump suit and his lawyer pushed for him to be let out but the judge was not playing along, tweets Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press.

Cunningham is next due in court May 7 for the next steps in what will be a combined case of the two incidents.

The Timberwolves have released this 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.”

Cunningham, 26, is in his fifth NBA season. He has averaged 6 points and 4 rebounds a game in about 20 minutes a night off the bench for the Timberwolves this season.

Cunningham is a free agent after this season.

  1. chicagosports2014 - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM


  2. cbking05 - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    I don’t know why she has to go to this extreme…just have a baby by him instead, or is this less drama? Basketball can be so overwhelming.

  3. provguard - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Definitely an NBA player…

  4. eagles512 - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Weird that he seemed to be a leader and good guy at Nova. Not sure what happened or if he had people fooled.

  5. noleitup - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    What a dummy. Threatening a woman bruh? C’mon man! (ditka voice)

  6. andreboy1 - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:39 PM


  7. sailbum7 - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    He ran into a judge who does not give special handling to these entitled, self important athletes. He wa released on bail with the condition that he stay away from the woman. He violated the order and so the judge kept him locked up. This was definitely the right call to make, it is just unusual for our justice system to apply these standards to the “special” people like athletes and celebrities. He violated the conditions of his bail so he was remanded into custody. No second, third, fourth, etc. chances with this judge – you screw up once and you get treated like everyone else.

    It is very telling that his lawyer thought he should be released. Who cares about the woman’s safety so long as the player is available for the game.

    With him only averaging 6 points and 4 rebounds in 20 minutes of playing time per game it is likely that this is one free agent the Timberwolves will not try to resign. Who needs to put up with the headaches for a mediocre player.

  8. nokoolaidcowboy - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    WHAT A ***HOLE!!!

  9. chicagosports2014 - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Dumb ***hole!!!!!

  10. sonnysuave - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Freakin media… leaves you hangin for a couple days thinkin this dood is a ‘terrorist’ on American soil, milking us for millions of dollars, NBA money, to fund some secret organization! While waiting for more details… you alrdy start thinkin, “man… kick this traitor out of our country!”… only to find out he’s really a coward, terrorizing a woman! Geez. Media always twisting things. Either way… this fool needs to be in jail.

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