A basketball trainer who previously worked with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and other NBA stars was arrested Friday in Rhode Island on a fugitive-from-justice charge stemming from a warrant for rape and drugging for intercourse in an alleged incident in downtown Boston.
Rob McClanaghan, 43, was taken into custody without incident in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, after being pulled over by the Boston Police Fugitive Unit. He spent Friday night at the Warwick Police Department before being held at a correctional facility in Cranston, Rhode Island, on Saturday and Sunday, Warwick police said. He appeared in Rhode Island’s Third District Court on Monday, when he did not contest extradition.
McClanaghan is being held without bail.
A representative from the Warwick Police Department told ESPN that “it’s highly likely he’ll be in Boston custody by the end of [Monday] or [Tuesday] at the latest.”
Boston police and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office did not comment, citing a need to wait until McClanaghan is arraigned in Massachusetts. While no authorities have commented on the nature on the alleged incident, the Boston Police Department issued a news release announcing McClanaghan’s arrest that said, in part:
“The Boston Police Department advises the public of the dangerousness of scentless, colorless, and tasteless drugs such as Rohypnol, also known as roofie, being placed in the drinks of unsuspecting victims.”
When reached by phone, McClanaghan’s lawyer, Dan Griffin, told ESPN: “No comment. Zero.”
On his website, McClanaghan bills himself as “the premier skills development trainer for top players in the NBA” and says he has trained former MVPs Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose, along with Durant and Curry. He was a walk-on for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse from 1998 to 2001, and he appeared in the Orange’s second-round NCAA tournament loss to Kansas in 2001.