NBA coach arrested for rape, drugs for sex: Police

Representation. The lights of a patrol car. An NBA coach from Warwick was arrested for drugging victims for sex in Rhode Island.
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BASIC POINTS

  • The man was arrested in connection with a rape where the victim was allegedly drugged
  • A snapshot provided by police matched the photo on the website of NBA skills coach Robert McClanaghan
  • Police have warned the public to be more vigilant against rape drugs

A 43-year-old Rhode Island man faces multiple charges in connection with a rape that occurred in downtown Boston, Mass., where the victim was allegedly drugged, police said Saturday.

Robert McClanaghan, of Warwick, was arrested in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, on Friday on charges of rape and the use of drugs for intercourse, WCVB reported, citing the Boston Police Department (BPD). He is wanted on a warrant issued Thursday in Boston Municipal Court.

Boston police said McClanaghan’s arrest was the result of an investigation by the BPD’s sexual assault unit and the Suffolk County District Attorney.

Specific details about exactly when or where the alleged rape occurred were not released by authorities in the statement issued on Saturday. They also did not disclose how they identified McClanaghan as a suspect.

McClanaghan was transported by the BPD Fugitive Unit in coordination with members of the Warwick Police Department for booking at the Warwick Police Department.

He will be arraigned Monday in Third District Court in Kent County, Rhode Island, where he will be charged with being a fugitive from justice.

The prosecutor’s office said the victim in the case will be provided with all possible support as the case proceeds through the court process.

Authorities have not confirmed whether McClanaghan is an NBA skills coach. However, a photo provided by the Warwick Police Department to NBC 10 matches the photo on McClanaghan’s website, where he identifies himself as a keynote speaker for corporate events and a private trainer who has worked with several NBA athletes.

McClanaghan has worked with Al Horford, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gobert, Kyrie Irving, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love and John Wall, according to the website.

McClanagan graduated from Bishop Hendriken High School and went on to join the Syracuse University men’s basketball team, where he played from 1998 to 2001. That statistic matched the age of the suspect, who is now listed as 43, he noted the WCVB.

He returned to Bishop Hendriken in the fall of 2002 for a physical education job. He also served as an assistant coach on the varsity basketball team and worked with Joe Mazzulla, who was named interim coach of the Boston Celtics in September.

A Celtics representative confirmed to WCVB that McClanaghan is not employed by the NBA team.

In the statement announcing McClanagan’s arrest, the Boston Police Department reminded people of the “danger of odorless, colorless and tasteless drugs like Rohypnol, also known as roofie, being put into the drinks of unsuspecting victims.”

“Other drugs commonly used in a similar way are GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) or ketamine. These drugs and substances can cause disorientation, confusion, temporary paralysis or loss of consciousness, along with a range of other symptoms, leaving the potential victim vulnerable to the suspect’s intentions,” BPD said.

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An alleged NBA coach has been arrested for raping and drugging a 14-year-old girl.
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