For the second time in three days, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham has seen the inside of a prison cell due to domestic disturbance issues with his girlfriend.
The 26-year-old was accused of channeling The Undertaker and chokeslamming his girlfriend against the wall for 15-20 seconds until she couldn’t breathe. She then called 911 and he was arrested and charged with a charged with a felony count of domestic assault by strangulation.
Authorities were alerted once again today when police arrested Cunningham for sending his estranged live-in lover with text messages that they say “rose to a terroristic level.”
Reports the AP:
Police said they received a call from the woman in the early morning hours on Sunday saying that Cunningham had violated a protection order by contacting her.
“When the officer arrived and reviewed the messages, they were direct and rose to a terroristic level,” the police statement read.
Cunningham surrendered Sunday and turned over his cellphone and computer as part of the investigation. The Associated Press left a message with Cunningham’s attorney seeking comment.
Cunningham remained in custody following his second arrest, but has not been charged. He was scheduled for an initial court appearance on Monday afternoon related to his assault charges.
The Timberwolves said Sunday they were gathering information about Cunningham’s latest arrest.
“The situation with Dante Cunningham is very fluid and we continue to monitor all available information,” the team said. “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.”
Domestic violence is a well-documented hot button issue in the media. Rapper The Game is currently going through the exact same thing with his fiancée.
Cunningham will be allowed to play on with the team through the course of the investigation, thanks to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. His struggle mug shot can be found on the next page.
Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office