Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks is off the hook with Detroit area police officials but his questioning on a domestic incident that occurred recently raises some doubts about his character even though he is facing no charges.
Cheeks was brought to coach the Pistons with the idea of instilling discipline into an NBA team that badly needs it and making sure he commands the full respect of all of his players.
This was not a good situation for Cheeks, although he might be able to get over it without a scratch.
Cheeks went to a Detroit area police state for questioning on a domestic incident Aug. 30 and was released by police. He was not arrested and the Oakland County prosecutor’s office did not file charges.
USA Today has reported from the prosecutor’s office that a witness in the investigation left the state and would not cooperate with prosecutors.
As long as Cheeks keeps his nose clean and makes this an isolated incident, he has no worries. But if this comes up again, that’s a different matter. If he been arrested and arraigned on charges, the Pistons would have had a sticky decision to make. With the good news they had during the summer and the excitement that has been brought back to the franchise, no one wants to see the new coach get into legal trouble.
Cheeks was a good hire for the Pistons but he can easily draw reason for being dismissed if he would ever get into serious trouble. Chances are, he’s learned his lesson and the Pistons don’t need to worry. It’s time for Cheeks to focus on the basketball court, not the judicial court.