Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin denies ex-wife’s domestic violence accusations


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin on Thursday denied a series of domestic violence accusations made by his ex-wife in a social media post.

“This morning, accusations were made against me on social media by my former wife that I vehemently deny,” Griffin said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

The Raptors also put out a separate statement on the matter.

“When we saw these allegations this morning, we were dismayed — Adrian is a valuable member of our team,” the team said in the statement. “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 coached the Raptors to a 124-121 victory Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, after coach Nick Nurse chose to let him coach the game in his stead. Griffin, Nurse’s lead assistant, has been an NBA assistant for more than a decade with the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder before joining the Raptors prior to last season and helping them win a championship. He also played nine years in the league, appearing in 477 games with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Bulls and Seattle Supersonics.

The defending champion Raptors are the second seed in the Eastern Conference for a second straight season and will face the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs beginning next week.