Rick Brunson shown here in 2005 when he played for the Los Angeles Clippers pleaded not guilty to several assault and battery charges stemming from an alleged attack on a massage therapist at a Life Time Fitness club His trial is set for March 9 Photo by Lisa BlumenfeldGetty Images

Rick Brunson, shown here in 2005 when he played for the Los Angeles Clippers, pleaded not guilty to several assault and battery charges stemming from an alleged attack on a massage therapist at a Life Time Fitness club. His trial is set for March 9. Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images.

Trial Date Set for Former NBA Player in Alleged Attack at Life Time Fitness

Former Chicago Bulls player Rick Brunson is scheduled to stand trial on March 9 in Lake County, IL, for an alleged attack on a massage therapist at a Life Time Fitness club. 

A trial date has been set for next month for Rick Brunson, a former Chicago Bulls player and assistant coach, in connection with an alleged attack last April on a massage therapist at a Life Time Fitness facility in Vernon Hills, IL.

The trial is scheduled for March 9 in a Lake County court after Brunson's lawyer told the court that a plea deal was unlikely, according to a story in The Chicago Tribune.  

The April incident involved a massage therapist who had refused to work on Brunson. Brunson allegedly used the name of former NBA star Patrick Ewing to book the April 2 appointment in which the attack allegedly occurred.

A judge ruled in August that Brunson was not allowed back inside the Life Time Fitness and ordered Brunson not to have any contact with the massage therapist. Life Time revoked Brunson's membership on April 9 after learning details about the alleged incident.

Court records show that Brunson is charged with attempted criminal sexual assault, sexual abuse, aggravated battery and domestic battery. He is free on bail.

Brunson played with eight teams in the NBA, including the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Clippers, and he was an assistant coach with three teams, including the Bulls. He reportedly was set to become an assistant coach at his alma mater, Temple University in Philadelphia. Brunson's son, Jalen, was a sought-after high school basketball recruit and had listed Temple as one of his college choices. However, in September, he signed to play with Villanova. 

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