Timberwolves' Dante Cunningham arrested for second time in week


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Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham had a very eventful week. Unfortunately, most everything that happened doesn't bode well for his future employment as an NBA player.

Hours after a Wolves victory Wednesday night, Cunningham was arrested for domestic assault. The next day, he was charged with a felony -- his girlfriend told investigators "she felt like she was being strangled to death" during the alleged Thursday morning assault. That evening, Cunningham posted $40,000 bail, hopped a flight to Florida, and arrived in time to play a key role in the Wolves' Saturday night game in Orlando.

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Cunningham, 26, played 34 minutes -- the most he's played in a game since February -- scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds in the Wolves' 100-92 loss.

"I talked to him and Dante said he wanted to play," Wolves coach Rick Adelman told reporters in Orlando. "I didn't see any reason why he wouldn't at this point."

But Adelman now has a better reason to sit Cunningham when the Wolves take the floor at Target Center against the San Antonio Spurs tomorrow night. Cunningham again finds himself in Hennepin County Jail this morning, as yesterday, he was arrested for the second time in a week, this time for allegedly making terrorist threats.

Hennepin County records indicate Cunningham was booked into jail at 12:24 p.m. yesterday. He's currently being held witout bail.

Reached for comment this morning, a Medina officer confirmed Cunningham was arrested in his town but offered no further comment. More information surrounding the circumstances of his latest arrest is expected this morning. We'll update this post accordingly.

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Medina Police Chief Ed Belland got in touch this morning to provide a bit more detail about Cunningham's latest arrest.

According to Belland, officers were summoned to a residence at 472 Medina Road just after 3 a.m. yesterday on a report of "a possible violation of an order for protection."

"The victim reported she was receiving threatening messages from Mr. Cunningham," Belland says. "Officers arrived, reviewed the messages, and the threats were direct and rose to a terroristic level."

Cunningham turned himself in just before noon yesterday in Minneapolis. He gave his cell phone and computer to investigators.

The case remains under investigation, Belland says. No charges have yet been filed.

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