Dante Cunningham Arrested On Terrorist Threat Charges, Jailed For Second Time in 72 Hours

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Howard Smith USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was arrested for the second time in less than 72 hours on Sunday, and is being held without bond for allegedly making terrorist threats.

Medina police declined to release any details related to Cunningham’s most recent arrest, telling the Star Tribune the department would release more information sometime on Monday.  The 26-year-old Cunningham was initially taken into custody on felony domestic assault charges early Thursday after his live-in girlfriend told police he choked her and slammed her against a wall during an argument at the home they shared over the last eight months.

Cunningham was released from jail on Friday and actually rejoined the T-Wolves for their Saturday night game in Orlando, where he played 34 minutes and finished with 12 points and six assists as injured star forward Kevin Love‘s replacement in the lineup.

“The situation with Dante Cunningham is very fluid and we continue to monitor all available information,” the Timberwolves said in a team statement. “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.”

As per the league’s collective bargaining agreement, Cunningham cannot be disciplined by the league and the team for the same transgression and typically league officials wait until the legal process has run its course before levying any penalties against players.

Meanwhile, the T-Wolves cannot take any action against Cunningham that more than likely would not be construed as a form of discipline by the NBA Players Association and almost assuredly result in them filing a  grievance on Cunningham’s behalf.

Now in his fifth NBA season, Cunningham is averaging six points and four rebounds this season. He is slated to become a free agent on July 1 after completing the final year of his contract that pays him $2.1 million this season.

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Glenn Minnis
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