Emma Raducanu’s former coach Dmitry Tursunov says he left because of ‘red flags’
Gina-Ann Degenhardt | The Arizona Republic
Emma Raducanu had never been much of a team player and was more of a loner.
His teammates called him a “loner” in the locker room, which is maybe why he was known as the “loner from Lamere.”
But after Raducanu was arrested on domestic violence charges last year, the former Notre Dame star and her coaches became the biggest story in Arizona basketball.
Her defense lawyers tried to convince the judge to not hold her for the court case. But she was quickly pulled from the case after she got into an argument with a bus driver, threatening to kill people.
Emma Raducanu, whose team lost to top-ranked Saint Mary’s on Sunday, could soon face jail time and a maximum of five years in prison if convicted of a misdemeanor domestic assault in February.
The mother of 3, Raducanu, is one of the more prominent recent players to break from the University of Oregon as a result of a criminal charge, and has made a point of telling the story of her time at the University in interviews.
At the height of her career, Raducanu averaged 11.7 points per game on 50 percent shooting and 1.1 steals and 1.4 assists per game.
So what caused the change? That’s precisely the question Raducanu was asked in a recent sit-down with The Arizona Republic to talk about her life, her career, her time at Oregon, and her upcoming arrest by police for an alleged domestic assault.
“I’ve got to put it in perspective first,” Raducanu said. “I’m a person who’s kind of hard to understand. I’ve been through a lot. I’ve had a lot of tough things happen to me in life.
“But you know, just because I got arrested doesn’t make me the most understanding person around. You know, I don’t understand, you know, I can never understand or understand why people that I’ve loved or that I know would do those things to me.”
Raducanu, who was a two-time All-Pac-12 player, went into her senior