TEMPLE MAY LOSE JALEN BRUNSON DUE TO HIS DAD’S LEGAL ISSUES

Temple, which was set to hire the father of Jalen Brunson, whom 247 Sports ranks among the nation’s 20 best overall prospects in the Class of 2015.

Then on Thursday, “Former Chicago Bull Rick Brunson has been indicted on charges of attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and domestic battery stemming from his arrest last month following an encounter with a massage therapist at a Vernon Hills fitness center,” the Chicago Tribune reported

And that’s just about going to do it for this package deal, huh?

Despite Fran Dunphy’s reputation in the industry as a straight-shooter and terrific tactician, there’s just no way a coach can hire an assistant facing charges of attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and domestic battery — especially when the circumstances surrounded the alleged incident are so bizarre.

More from the Tribune:”

Authorities say Brunson used the name of retired NBA star Patrick Ewing to book an appointment in April with the massage therapist who had previously notified Brunson that she would no longer provide him with massages. Brunson, 42, was arrested in June in connection with the encounter and initially charged with attempted sexual assault and aggravated battery.”

Brunson pled not guilty to all charges on Thursday. His defense attorney, Dennis Berkson, told the Tribune that he will “vigorously defend” his client, and Berkson predicted that Brunson will ultimately be cleared of all charges. So consider that noted.

But none of that matters as it pertains to Temple and the package deal Dunphy was prepared to assemble. Simply put, Division I programs these days are hesitant to even take a commitment from a prospect facing sexual assault charges, so there’s no way a Division I program can hire an assistant coach facing sexual assault charges regardless of how talented his son may be.

Jalen Brunson could end up at Illinois, Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan, UConn, Kansas, Villanova or even Temple. Those are the eight under consideration. But the advantage the Owls once had was reduced to nothing Thursday when when Brunson’s father was charged.

 

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