Prep recruit's father charged with sexual assault
VERNON HILLS (AP) — Former NBA player Rick Brunson has been charged with sexual assault in connection with an alleged encounter with an employee of a suburban Chicago fitness center.
Vernon Hills police say the 42-year-old Brunson was charged June 25 with attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery.
The charges were filed after Brunson allegedly grabbed an employee of Lifetime Fitness. His bond was set at $5,000.
Brunson, the father of Illinois recruiting target and Lincolnshire Stevenson guard Jalen Brunson, played for eight NBA teams from 1997 to 2006. He’s been an assistant coach for several college and pro teams, including the Bulls and Bobcats.
Brunson is rumored to be a candidate for the Temple University men’s basketball coaching staff, where his son could potentially follow to play collegiate basketball. Rick Brunson played college basketball at Temple from 1991-95.
Lifetime Fitness spokesman Jason Thunstrom says the company is cooperating with authorities and conducting an internal investigation.
Brunson hasn’t responded to telephone calls seeking comment.