County Attorney drops charges against T-Wolf

Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham

Cunningham was arrested in Medina in April 

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Monday, Aug. 18, dropped domestic assault charges against Minnesota Timberwolf Dante Cunningham because he did not think the charges could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, according to Hennepin County Attorney spokesperson Chuck Laszewski.

Medina Police had arrested Cunningham, 26, at his home on Medina Road in Medina on April 3. The County Attorney’s Office charged him in 4th District Court with felony domestic assault by strangulation. He was released on $40,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.

That evening he played 33 minutes for the Timberwolves in their road loss to the Orlando Magic. He was in the final season of a three-year, $6.3 million contract with the Timberwolves. As of Wednesday, Aug. 20, the National Basketball Association website continued to list him on the Timberwolves roster for 2014-15.

According to the criminal complaint relating to the arrest, Medina Police responded to a report of a domestic assault from a residence in the 400 block of Medina Road at 4:01 a.m. Thursday, April 3. When officers met with an adult female, they noticed that she had redness and marks on the left side of her neck. She told police that Cunningham had strangled her for approximately 15 to 20 seconds, during which she could not breath. Cunningham then left the home. He returned while police were interviewing the woman and was arrested.

The woman told police that she was in a romantic relationship with Cunningham, according to the complaint.

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday, Aug. 19, that Cunningham is planning to bring civil charges against the woman to clear his name. As of Aug. 20, no civil lawsuit involving Cunningham had been filed in Hennepin County Court.