Raptors’ Griffin issues statement in response to allegations from ex-wife

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game while leading the team after head coach Nick Nurse stepped down for a the night to let Griffin coach against the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ashley Landis, Pool/AP)

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin has been accused of domestic violence by his former wife, Audrey Griffin.

The accusations were posted to Twitter on Thursday morning, and alleged multiple acts of violence:

Adrian Griffin released a statement Thursday afternoon denying the accusations.

“This morning, accusations were made against me on social media by my former wife that I vehemently deny,” Griffin said in his statement. “We are involved in a longstanding legal dispute over alimony and child support arrangements. I am disappointed to have to address false accusations in this way, and I apologize for any distraction this has potentially caused for our team at this important time.”

Added the Raptors in a statement of their own: “When we saw these allegations this morning, we were dismayed — Adrian is a valuable member of our team. Our leadership immediately spoke with him, and he flatly denied the allegations in the posts. We will support the process as he and his former partner settle these matters.”

Griffin, 46, played nine seasons in the NBA before starting a coaching career. He has been with the Raptors since June 2018, when he was hired to act as then new head coach Nick Nurse’s lead assistant. Wednesday night marked Griffin’s first head-coaching win as Nurse sat out for Toronto’s 125–121 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

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