Wolves' Dante Cunningham allegedly strangled girlfriend to point she thought she was dying

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:::: UPDATE :::: Timberwolves' Dante Cunningham arrested for second time in week

Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham has been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation a day after he was arrested after 4 a.m. at his Medina residence.

Cunningham and his girlfriend started dating last summer, but recently they've been having problems, she told police. They had a particularly heated argument Thursday morning following the Timberwolves 102-88 victory the night before -- after he became angry and left, his girlfriend "locked the bedroom door behind him," the complaint says.

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Things allegedly became violent when he came back. The complaint says Cunningham "kicked in the bedroom door, grabbed Victim around the neck, and slammed her against the wall."

"Victim's eyes were watering and she felt like she was being strangled to death," the complaint says. "Defendant dropped Victim and then left the residence. Victim then called 911."

Officers were on the scene when Cunningham returned home and arrested him.

Cunningham's girlfriend told police he'd strangled her for 15 to 20 seconds. Officers observed redness and marks on her neck.

Here, via Pioneer Press Timberwolves reporter Andy Greder, is what President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders had to say about the situation during an appearance on Dan Barreiro's KFAN radio show this afternoon: Cunningham has a court date scheduled for Monday. His bail has been set at $40,000. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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24 comments
Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Note to women, just make the damn sammich and no one gets hurt.

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

This has nothing to do with class, salary, or him being a punk. What a terrifying ordeal for this poor woman. That no one chose to touch on that point just serves to perpetuate the cycle of violence. It's not even close to a joke Eric Shawn Smith.

Max Robinson
Max Robinson

well that's not a very nice thing to do.

Diana Goodkill
Diana Goodkill

What's up with innocent until proven guilty?? People are so quick to judge. You are not God.

Monica Bertrand
Monica Bertrand

Stay classy, professional, exceptionally well-paid sports players...

Jason Pitts
Jason Pitts

so its funny......u have no clue what happened....wow!

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

The Wolves have been strangling me all season to the point I thought I was dying.

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

I don't buy it.. Chris cook stopped by, didn't he?

_Joe_
_Joe_

Lawsuits are settled.  In criminal prosecution, charges are dismissed, or defendants are offered deals on pleas to avoid court trials.

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