Raptors assistant coach Griffin denies domestic assault accusations


Toronto Raptors lead assistant coach Adrian Griffin is “vehemently denying” accusations of domestic violence laid by his former wife on Twitter and the team is standing by him.

“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.”

Audrey Griffin alleged on Twitter on Thursday that he was violent toward her on a number of occasions, has not followed a court order to provide child support payments and has not seen his children in years. She said Griffin has been able to “get away with it” because of his NBA resume. She had been making similar allegations on the social media platform for months.

The Raptors also released a statement.

“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,” the Raptors said.
“We will support the process as he and his former partner settle these matters.”

Griffin was picked by Nick Nurse to be his chief assistant coach before last season, a year that culminated in the first NBA title in franchise history. He was given the reins by Nurse to coach the team on Wednesday, a win over Philadelphia in the second-last regular season game of the year.

After the game one of his children, Alan Griffin, tweeted: “I’m proud of my father. The man is a hard worker. To see him get this moment is awsome!”

Another one of his children tweeted similar thoughts and added: “Love you pops” at the end.

She also said in another tweet: “I see that my mother’s story of lies has caught your eye. Please stay blessed and highly favored, not all you read on the internet is true.”

The 46-year-old Griffin had a long playing career both in the NBA and overseas after starring at Seton Hall and has been an assistant coach with various teams since 2008. He has been considered a leading candidate to be a head coach in the NBA one day.