Most poignantly, Brunson elaborated on his court testimony that the incident that led to charges of attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and domestic battery was part of an ongoing extramarital relationship and emphatically defended his son, who led Stevenson High to its first state championship and recently earned MVP honors as USA Basketball won gold at the FIBA under-19 world championships in Greece. “It has been hell,” Brunson said. “My son is one of the toughest kids I’ve ever seen. If it was me, I would never have been able to handle what he handled, people taunting him. He’s an 18-year-old kid trying to have fun playing basketball and enjoy himself in high school. This senior year was unbelievable for him. He had to be so mentally strong. And he knew deep down this was all lies, but we had to wait to prove that in a court of law. “I let my wife down. I let my family down. I’m supposed to be an example for my kids. I did something morally wrong. But I didn’t do anything criminally wrong.”
Brunson is looking for brighter days ahead, for Jalen at Villanova and for him at points unknown. He is seeking new coaching opportunities. “I’m tired of people putting an 18-year-old kid in my BS,” he said. “This is a kid who doesn’t get paid to play basketball. He doesn’t deserve to be written about in a negative light of his father. A woman lied. We fought it and did it the right way in a court of law. “We raised Jalen the right way. He didn’t react to anything and did a great job handling this with dignity. None of this is going to break him or us.”
In the early morning of April 8, Copeland, in his third NBA season and playing for the Indiana Pacers, was stabbed outside of a New York nightclub following an argument, ending the 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward’s season. The Pacers were in town to play the Knicks that evening. Copeland underwent surgery for injuries to his left elbow and abdomen, and apologized for being involved in the incident in a statement afterward. The experience has given him a new appreciation for all he has. “I would like to say that I am OK for anybody that was concerned,” Copeland said. “I appreciate all the love and support as always. “Legally, it’s not something I can talk about. But it was an unfortunate situation. I’m looking forward to putting it behind me and getting back on the floor.”
Lawson, 27, is currently in rehab in Los Angeles after his second DUI arrest in 2015. A judge ruled last week that he won’t face DUI charges in California and Colorado until completing the 30-day residential treatment program. Lawson entered treatment Saturday at Cliffside Malibu, a celebrity rehabilitation center in California that treats patients with addiction and psychiatric issues. “Ty has been in the league, and he knows what’s up,” Walters told ESPN on Monday. “He’s taking care of himself, and he just started [rehab].”
Walters said Lawson won’t need a chaperone with him at all times the way the NFL’s Dez Bryant and MLB’s Josh Hamilton had when they dealt with off-the-field issues in the past. “He’s being proactive to deal with stuff and it will be helpful for him, and he’ll get better and put it all behind him,” Walters said.
Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson won’t face DUI charges in California and Colorado until completing a 30-day residential treatment program, a Denver judge ruled Friday. The troubled point guard attended a pre-trial hearing Friday in Denver, where his lawyer said Lawson enters treatment Saturday at Cliffside Malibu, a celebrity rehabilitation center in California that treats patients with addiction and psychiatric issues.