Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin has denied public accusations of domestic violence brought against him by his ex-wife, and the team are backing him.
On Thursday, his ex-wife, Audrey Griffin, alleged in a lengthy Twitter post that he had been violent towards her on numerous occasions, sometimes in front of their children. She tweeted it to several members of the media and to the official Raptors and NBA Twitter accounts.
“This morning, charges were brought against me on social media by my ex-wife whom I vehemently deny,” Griffin said in a statement released by the Raptors Thursday afternoon. “We are involved in a long-standing legal dispute over alimony and child support. I’m disappointed to have to deal with false accusations in this way, and I apologize for any distraction this has potentially caused our team at this important time. “
The team also commented:
“When we saw these allegations this morning we were appalled – Adrian is a valued member of our team. Our leaders immediately spoke with him, and he flatly denied the allegations in the posts, ”a statement from the Raptors said. “We will support the process as he and his former partner resolve these issues.”
A spokesperson for the Raptors said that to the club’s knowledge, Griffin had not been charged with anything.
Her post accused Griffin of several acts of violence, including choking her, throwing her into a wall, dragging her out of the house while she was pregnant and throwing a vase at her.
The message came the day after the Raptors put Griffin in the spotlight. The team gave him the opportunity to be an interim head coach overnight in their game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Nick Nurse stepped down as head coach during one game to allow Griffin to gain experience in the role. The assistant has the ambition to be a head coach of the NBA.
Griffin, 46, is in his second year as an assistant coach with the Raptors.
The Seton Hall graduate played nine seasons in the NBA from 1999 to 2008, with Boston, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Seattle. He was an assistant coach for 12 years with Milwaukee, Chicago, Orlando and Oklahoma City.
Griffin has two daughters and two sons with Audrey Griffin.