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Report: Avery Bradley accused of sexual assault, pays to silence accuser, denies wrongdoing

Charlotte Hornets v Detroit Pistons

``DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: Avery Bradley #22 of the Detroit Pistons looks down court against the Charlotte Hornets during the Inaugural NBA game at the new Little Caesars Arena on October 18, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Pistons defeated the Hornets 102 to 90. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

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Pistons guard Avery Bradley – then with the Celtics – played the Cavaliers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in Cleveland on May 23.

TMZ:
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.

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.

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.”

As Bradley’s attorney investigates a breach of the confidentiality agreement, others – probably including the NBA – will investigate Bradley. Our society has made much-needed progress toward not tolerating sexual assault. Bradley will still have and deserves a chance to defend himself, but this has become the messy public affair he tried to avoid.