Category Archives: Minnesota Timberwolves

Gibson, Taj

Charge: Driving with a suspended license

Arrest Date: July 6, 2017

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 32

Details: Less than a week after signing a new $28 million dollar contract with the Timberwolves, Gibson was arrested for driving with a suspended license after getting pulled over for making an illegal u-turn in Queens, New York.

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Cunningham, Dante

Charge:  Terroristic threats

Arrest Date: April 6, 2014

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 26

Details: Just three days after being arrested for domestic assault for strangling his girlfriend, Cunningham was again arrested for violating a protection order and sending her threatening text messages.

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Cunningham, Dante

Charge:  Domestic assault by strangulation

Arrest Date: April 3, 2014

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 26

Details: Police were called to Cunningham’s Minnesota home at 4am where they found his girlfriend with marks consistent with a physical assault, and arrested Cunningham. He allegedly choked her for 15-20 seconds and slammed her against a wall.  This was his second arrest since becoming a pro and first in nearly 3 years.

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Beasley, Michael

Charge: Marijuana possession and speeding

Arrest Date: June 26, 2011

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 22

Details: Beasley’s first career arrest came during the 2011 NBA lockout, after he was pulled over for going 84 mph in a 65 mph zone. Police found about half an ounce of marijuana in his car and arrested him for speeding and marijuana possession.

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Jefferson, Al

Charge: Driving while intoxicated

Arrest Date: February 28, 2010

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 25

Details: After being pulled over for speeding and changing lanes without a signal, Jefferson failed a field sobriety test and was charged with driving while intoxicated.

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Griffin, Eddie

Charge: Inattentive driving

Arrest Date: March 30, 2006

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 23

Details: The late Eddie Griffin received his fourth and final nba arrest in 2006, about a year and a half before his drunk-driving death.  After crashing his SUV into a parked car he was charged only with inattentive driving.  A few months later, however, a surveillance video surfaced of him professing his drunkenness following the crash.  In addition,  a lawsuit later was filed against Griffin alleging he was not only drunk but masturbating to a pornographic DVD while driving, causing the accident.

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Carter, Anthony

Charge: Driving under the influence

Arrest Date: March 3, 2006

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 30

Details: Carter was arrested for drunk driving while playing for the Wolves, blowing a 0.17 after getting pulled over in the early morning hours.

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Olowokandi, Michael

Charge: Disorderly conduct and trespass

Arrest Date: November 25, 2004

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 29

Details: Olowokandi was partying at Tiki Bob’s at 3am in Indianapolis when he was asked to leave.  He refused and was shocked twice with a stun gun and taken into custody by responding officers.

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Rider, Isaiah

Charge: Gambling in public

Arrest Date: July 17, 1996

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 25

Details: Rider was arrested in Oakland on a misdemeanor charge of gambling in public. Police said they saw him throwing dice on a street corner with eight to 10 other people, two of whom allegedly had several bags of marijuana.  This was the second arrest for Rider in a three week span, and his third brush with the law in just 6 weeks.  He would also go on to be arrested yet again three months later.

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Rider, Isaiah

Charge: Marijuana possession, possession of illegal cell phone

Arrest Date: June 28, 1996

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 25

Details: Rider was pulled over after a California Highway Patrol officer stopped the Mercedes-Benz he was driving because it had illegally tinted front windows.  They then saw a ‘cloud of marijuana smoke’ come from the vehicle, and upon searching it they found a cell phone with the serial numbers illegally scratched off.  Rider had been jailed and nearly arrested just two weeks earlier following sexual assault accusations, and would go on to be arrested two more times in the next four months. 

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