Former Bull Rick Brunson charged with sexual assault

Former Bull Rick Brunson charged with sexual assault

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Former Chicago Bulls player and coach Rick Brunson was arrested in Vernon Hills and charged June 25 with sexual assault against a fitness center employee, police said.

According to a police report, Eric D. Brunson, 42, of 1226 Christine Court, Vernon Hills, was charged with attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse and three counts of aggravated battery, the Pioneer Press is reporting.

Police responded to a complaint at Lifetime Fitness, 680 Woodlands Parkway, in which Brunson allegedly grabbed an employee. His bond was set at $5,000, but a court date was not announced.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Brunson was a candidate to be the Temple Owls’ next assistant coach. He starred at Temple in the 1990s.

He played 17 games for the Bulls during the 2002-03 season and 37 games during the 2003-04 season. The Bulls hired Brunson as an assistant coach in 2010.

Brunson is the father of Stevenson standout Jalen Brunson, the nation’s top high school point guard according to ESPN and is ranked the best player in Illinois. Jalen was a significant contributor on Team USA which recently won the gold medal in the FIBA Americas-sanctioned under-18 basketball championships.

Rick Brunson did not respond to calls for comment.

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