Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy talks to No. 22 Avery Bradley during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Little Caesars Arena on Nov. 9, 2017, in Detroit. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Detroit Pistons shooting guard Avery Bradley is denying any allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman, and his lawyer claims that the $400,000 payout to Bradley’s accuser was “to protect the reputation and privacy of Mr. Bradley and his family.”

According to TMZ Sports, the woman claims that the alleged assault happened in May 2016 in Cleveland. Bradley, then a member of the Boston Celtics, was in town playing against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the Eastern Conference finals.

The agreement was reportedly reached in an effort to prevent the accuser from going public. Although Bradley reportedly paid the woman some $400,000, his attorney Brian Wolf told TMZ Sports that his client maintains his innocence.

“Mr. Bradley absolutely denies having engaged in wrongdoing whatsoever,” Wolf told the sports site. “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 added that his law firm is investigating how the reported payout and the woman’s accusations became public.


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