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Cunningham rejoins Timberwolves after arrest

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014
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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham rejoined the team on Saturday, two days after he was arrested and later charged with felony domestic assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend during an argument.

Cunningham was released from jail on Friday and took a flight on Saturday morning to Orlando, Fla., where the Timberwolves were scheduled to play the Magic. Cunningham was expected to be in uniform for the game.

Cunningham cannot be disciplined by the league and the Timberwolves for the same transgression, under terms of the collective bargaining agreement. The league was expected to wait until it had all the details before deciding on imposing any punishment.

The Wolves said on Thursday shortly after his arrest that they were still gathering information and take the matter "very seriously."

The Timberwolves cannot deactivate Cunningham because that could be viewed as a form of discipline and could cause the NBA Players' Association to file a grievance. Whether he actually plays in the game or not is up to coach Rick Adelman's discretion.

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.

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