Temple Asst. Coaching Candidate Rick Brunson Arrested For Sexual Assault

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This is bad news on several fronts.  The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that former Temple great Rick Brunson was arrested in suburban Chicago on June 25 after an alleged sexual assault at a fitness center.

According to a Vernon Hills (Ill.) police report, Brunson grabbed an employee of Lifetime Fitness and was charged with attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, and third-degree aggravated battery.

Brunson, 42, did not immediately return a phone call. Temple had no comment.

Brunson was set to be named Temple’s next assistant coach sometime in July.  Brunson’s case could have a lasting effect on the Temple basketball program for years to come.

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His son Jalen is a senior at Stevenson High near Chicago and is ranked by ESPN as the nation’s No. 1 point guard recruit.  The talented Brunson lists Temple in his final eight schools.

The 42-year-old left Temple in 1994 and spent 10 years in the NBA.

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