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|Aug. 19 5:59 PM PT6:59 PM MT7:59 PM CT8:59 PM ET0:59 GMT8:59 5:59 PM MST7:59 PM EST4:59 UAE (+1)02:5920:59 ET7:59 PM CT23:59 - The agent for Cunningham says his client plans to file a civil lawsuit against the woman who accused him of domestic assault. Agent Joel Bell tells The Associated Press that Cunningham wants to clear his name after authorities dismissed a felony assault charge against Cunningham on Monday. The woman accused Cunningham of choking her in April.
Analysis: After a four-month investigation, the Hennepin County prosecutor announced that the charge was dismissed because "there was not proof beyond a reasonable doubt for the charged offense." Cunningham had to put his search for a new contract on hold while the investigation was conducted. Now he says he is eager move on and sign a deal, perhaps with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team he has played for the last two seasons.
|Aug. 18 5:26 PM PT6:26 PM MT7:26 PM CT8:26 PM ET0:26 GMT8:26 5:26 PM MST7:26 PM EST4:26 UAE (+1)02:2620:26 ET7:26 PM CT23:26 - The news Cunningham was long expecting finally came down on Monday when Hennepin County authorities announced they were dropping the felony charge against him, enabling the free agent to start looking for a job next fall in earnest and start putting a difficult period behind him. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman issued a statement on Monday saying that "based on further investigation, there is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt for the charged offense."
Analysis: Cunningham was charged in April after he was accused of choking his then-girlfriend at their suburban Minneapolis home. The Timberwolves abided by NBA rules and continued to play him in games the rest of the season, and Cunningham routinely heard boos and heckles from the crowd about the allegations. Cunningham spent the previous two seasons with the Timberwolves and carved a niche as a hard-nosed defensive forward with a solid mid-range jumper.
|Apr. 7 7:57 AM PT8:57 AM MT9:57 AM CT10:57 AM ET14:57 GMT22:57 7:57 AM MST9:57 AM EST18:57 UAE16:5710:57 ET9:57 AM CT13:57 - Cunningham returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Tuesday night's game against San Antonio, just over 24 hours after being released from jail for his second arrest in three days.
Analysis: The forward was in uniform and available to play against the Spurs, with the Wolves and the NBA following collectively bargained rules that require them to wait until the legal process plays out before deciding to issue any discipline. Cunningham was charged last week with felony domestic assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend in his suburban Minneapolis home. He was released from jail, played in a game Saturday night against Orlando and was arrested again on Sunday following allegations that he sent threatening text messages to the woman.
|Apr. 6 6:32 PM PT7:32 PM MT8:32 PM CT9:32 PM ET1:32 GMT9:32 6:32 PM MST8:32 PM EST5:32 UAE (+1)03:3221:32 ET8:32 PM CT0:32 - Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was arrested Sunday for the second time in less than a week, booked for suspicion of making terrorist threats just days after being charged with felony domestic assault for an incident involving his girlfriend.
Analysis: Minnesota issued a statement Sunday saying the team is continuing to monitor Cunningham's ''very fluid'' situation. It didn't shed light on the allegations surrounding his latest arrest, though.
|Apr. 3 9:17 AM PT10:17 AM MT11:17 AM CT12:17 PM ET16:17 GMT0:17 9:17 AM MST11:17 AM EST20:17 UAE18:1712:17 ET11:17 AM CT15:17 - Cunningham was charged Friday with assault after being accused of choking his girlfriend during an argument.
Analysis: A criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court said his girlfriend told police they got into the argument early Thursday at his suburban Minneapolis home. The woman, who is not named in the complaint, told police he kicked down a locked bedroom door, grabbed her around the neck and slammed her against the wall, choking her for 15 to 20 seconds during which she could not breathe.
|Feb. 6 9:50 PM PT10:50 PM MT11:50 PM CT12:50 AM ET5:50 GMT13:50 10:50 PM MST12:50 AM EST9:50 UAE06:500:50 ET11:50 PM CT3:50 - Cunningham put up a season-high 18 points and eight rebounds while filling in for the injured Kevin Love in a 106-97 loss at Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Analysis: Cunningham is averaging 5.5 points on the season, but could get another start if Love misses more time.