Detroit Pistons’ Rob Murphy on leave amid misconduct investigation


The Detroit Pistons have placed assistant general manager Rob Murphy on leave as the organization holds an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct with a former female employee, according to multiple reports.

ESPN was the first to report on the investigation into Murphy’s conduct.¬†

A team source confirmed the ESPN report to the Detroit Free Press, but when officially reached for comment, a team spokesman said there was no comment on the report. The Pistons have no fixed timetable on concluding the investigation, according to the source, and will be deliberate and thorough.

Murphy, 50, was promoted to assistant general manager this summer after spending last season as the president of the Pistons’ G League affiliate, the Motor City Cruise.

A former basketball and football star at Detroit Mumford, Murphy coached at Detroit Crockett and Central High Schools before becoming an assistant coach in college, first at Kent State and then at Syracuse, the same school that Troy Weaver, now the Pistons general manager, was an assistant under Jim Boeheim.

Murphy was the head coach at Eastern Michigan for 10 seasons (2011-21) and reached three postseasons.

Rob Murphy sits courtside during a 2021 NBA game between the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic at Little Caesars Arena.

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is currently suspended by that franchise for this season after the team learned of an improper relationship between him and a female staffer.

Free Press sports writer Omari Sankofa II contributed to this report.

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