The bad news has been rolling in rapidly for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham, though he undoubtedly has brought it on himself. In what has been a disappointing 2013-14 NBA season in Minnesota, the new regarding Cunningham has put an unpleasant punctuation mark on the end of the year.
Over the last week, the 26-year-old Cunningham was arrested twice in three days. The first incident that he was brought into custody for involved a domestic dispute in which he allegedly choked a woman that he had been living with. After being released on $40,000 bail for that arrest, Cunningham was brought back into custody for purportedly sending terroristic threats.
Soon after, the Timberwolves released a statement (per the Star Tribune) saying that they were waiting for the legal process to play out before making any decisions, but also added that they did not condone any of the actions that Cunningham is being accused of. They should do more than that.
Cunningham becomes a free agent this summer, so the likely scenario is that the Wolves are waiting the legal proceedings to begin and then will simply let Cunningham walk with no intent of re-signing him beyond this year. While that makes sense and Cunningham hasn’t been proven guilty yet, the team should cut ties with him immediately.
One of the negative labels that athletes get these days is that they think they are above the law. The sad part is that this idea has been proven—more or less—to be true on a number of occasions. However, when an organization has the opportunity to rid themselves of a situation like this, I’m of the camp that believes that they should do so swiftly. This team has enough on their plate than to have this situation hanging over their head, even if they have no plans to bring him back.