Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks, left, was involved in an incident with a woman visitor in August in which police were called. No charges were filed. (Clarence Tabb Jr. / Detroit News)
Auburn Hills ó Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks wasnít charged with anything after a domestic situation involving a female acquaintance over two months ago, but he admitted to feeling some embarrassment about it.
According to reports, Cheeks and an Atlanta woman visiting him in Birmingham got into an incident in August where she called police alleging he pulled her hair and wouldnít let her leave his home.
The woman reportedly called her brother in Texas but didnít tell him Cheeks had been violent.
Cheeks told police he wasnít violent and that he didnít prevent her from leaving, but that he was concerned she didnít know the area. The incident allegedly stemmed from the woman finding another womanís lipstick on a glass.
The woman declined to press charges and Birmingham police closed the case after presenting it to the Oakland County Prosecutorís Office, which declined to prosecute.
Cheeks addressed the matter after Saturdayís practice, saying even the initial allegation caused some damage to his sterling reputation. The 56-year-old has been in the public eye since entering the NBA in 1979.
ďNumber one, itís always a bit of embarrassment when something like that happens,Ē he said. ďRight or wrong. Itís always an embarrassment.
ďFor myself, Iíve always prided myself on being a high-character person, itís definitely an embarrassment. Itís something that happened, right or wrong, and I move on from it.Ē