Former Chicago Bull Rick Brunson is having a rough summer. Today he was indicted on charges of attempted criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and domestic battery, one month after the internet learned he was arrested while trying to book a massage under the name ‘Patrick Ewing.’ It all stems from an incident with a massage therapist last month that led to the arrest. From what I’ve gathered, he showed up, removed his clothes and starting getting a little touchy with the gal at Lifetime Fitness. (I’m sure it’s worse than that.) You can’t do that, guys.
Anyway, when I saw Brunson’s mugshot, I immediately remembered an early morning with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the Joe Craft Center. MKG was in town for the 2012 alumni game, he worked out early in the morning as only MKG would do, and Brunson was in Lex to push him. They were going at it with pads and the whole nine yards, while I was rubbing my eyes trying to wake up and finish my Burger King. It was my first time really seeing how committed MKG is to hard work and I was quite impressed.
Then there is another connection to Brunson in his son, Jalen. Jalen Brunson is a top five point guard in the 2015 class and we just watched him put on a show at the Peach Jam. Temple recently hired his dad, “Patrick Ewing,” to be an assistant next season and it was likely going to reel Jalen in to being an Owl. Now it’s unlikely that whole plan will come to fruition. Michigan State is already closing in in his Crystal Ball prediction.
My point in telling you all of this is, don’t book a massage under the name Patrick Ewing. And if for some reason you do, keep your pants at the waist and keep your hands to yourself.