It seems like a new sexual assault case is in the news every single day and this time it has to do with a local player.Avery Bradley at his first Pistons press conference, via YouTube
According to a report from TMZ, Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley was accused of sexual assault by a reality television star back in May. TMZ claims that Bradley, who was a member of the Boston Celtics at the time of the alleged assault, reached a deal with the accuser which may have paid out as high as $400,000.
Here's what we know … the allegation stems from an incident on May 23 in Cleveland, Ohio. The woman involved claimed Bradley sexually assaulted her while she was passed out drunk.
Bradley was a member of the Boston Celtics at the time of the incident. The Celtics were in Cleveland to play the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals.
After the incident, the woman contacted Bradley and accused him of assaulting her. The two sides came together to work out a deal to keep her quiet and prevent her from releasing any video, photos or audio.
At one point in the negotiations, the parties considered resolving the matter for $400,000 … but it's unclear what number Bradley ultimately agreed to pay. We're told the final figure was high.
Bradley's attorney made it clear that his client denies all of the allegations and that the settlement was made to protect Bradley's public image.
We spoke with Bradley's attorney Brian Wolf of Lavely & Singer who tells us, “Mr. Bradley absolutely denies having engaged in wrongdoing whatsoever. The confidentiality agreement specifically refutes and denies the validity of all allegations of any wrongful conduct by Mr. Bradley. The sole purpose of the agreement was to protect the reputation and privacy of Mr. Bradley and his family.”
Wolf adds, “My office will take all appropriate action against all persons involved in the wrongful disclosure of this agreement. We will conduct a thorough investigation into who is responsible for this wrongful disclosure.”
Bradley, who signed with the Pistons prior to the 2017-2018 season, is averaging 15.7 points, 2.0 assists, and 2.4 rebounds on the season.
According to Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy, the team will be releasing a statement regarding this situation.