The Toronto Raptors and assistant coach Adrian Griffin have responded to allegations of domestic violence from Griffin’s former wife, Aubrey Griffin.
The allegations came via Twitter on Thursday morning following Griffin’s first career NBA head coaching victory on Wednesday night.
In the social media post, Audrey said Griffin choked her, threw her into a wall, assaulted her while she was pregnant, abused their children, threw objects at her, and gave her sexually transmitted diseases.
Griffin is denying the allegations, according to a statement he released through the team on Thursday afternoon.
“This morning, accusations were made against me on social media by my former wife that I vehemently deny,” Griffin said in the 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.”
The Raptors said they met with Griffin to discuss the allegations.
“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,” according to the statement.
The allegation was not the first time Audrey has used social media to accuse Griffin of assault as she did so back in June.
On May 20:
One of Griffin’s sons, Alan Griffin, tweeted out support for his father after Griffin won his first NBA game as the Raptors’ head coach.