Timberwolves vice president of communications Brad Ruiter hasn't been keen on City Pages of late. And understandably so.
Last week we took a shot at the team's formula for determining announced attendance, only to be told it was the same formula used by every team in town. We followed up that nugget with a story spotlighting the Wolves' mammoth losing streak.
But Ruiter was most salty about a link we posted to an archived story titled "The Minnesota Timberwolves All-Arrested team."
His beef was that it made the team appear thug-a-licious. In reality, he said, Minnesota's NBA franchise is likely one of the best behaved around.
According to public records, the T-wolves have had 11 player arrests dating back to Isaiah Rider's 1994 bust for assault.
Most recently was Dante Cunningham's pair of arrests last April. A domestic assault by strangulation was followed up three days later when Cunningham was booked for violating a protective order and sending his then-girlfriend threatening text messages.
But with almost a dozen incidents to their credit, the T-wolves still rank in the top half of the league when it comes to good behavior.
Says Ruiter, "We are proud of the fact that our players represent our organization well, and to suggest otherwise is making false characteristics and blatantly ignoring all the good work they do in our community."
As for the NBA franchises with the most arrests, it's a tie between the Washington Wizards and Portland Trailblazers. Both have 23.
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