Who is Robert McClanaghan? Top NBA trainer, 43, accused of drugging and raping person on date night

'Please be aware of any uncharacteristic behavior from your acquaintances and be wary of strangers attempting to lure individuals away from their friends,' the Boston police have warned people

Who is Robert McClanaghan? Top NBA trainer, 43, accused of drugging and raping person on date night
Robert McClanaghan, 43, of Warwick was arrested on November 18 on rape and drugging for intercourse charges (Warwick Police Department)
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EAST GREENWICH, RHODE ISLAND: A famous NBA trainer, who has trained players like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Al Horford of the Celtics, is facing charges in connection with date rape in downtown Boston. Robert McClanaghan, 43, of Warwick was detained by Boston Police on Friday, November 18, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, on rape and drugging for intercourse charges, CBS reported.

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According to the police, McClanaghan already had a warrant out for his arrest that was issued on Thursday. McClanaghan will be charged as a Fugitive from Justice and arraigned at the Third District Court in Kent County, Rhode Island, on Monday, November 21. The Celtics, however, asserted that they are not directly connected to McClanaghan. 

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In a news release, the public was warned: "of the dangerousness of scentless, colorless, and tasteless drugs such as Rohypnol, also known as roofie, being placed in the drinks of unsuspecting victims." According to the police, "these drugs and substances can cause disorientation, confusion, temporary paralysis, or unconsciousness, along with a host of other symptoms, leaving the potential victim vulnerable to the intentions of the suspect," according to The Providence Journal.

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Boston Police have also warned individuals from going out with a friend. Additionally, they advise keeping your liquids nearby or covered if necessary. Police also wrote in the statement, "Please be aware of any uncharacteristic behavior from your acquaintances and be wary of strangers attempting to lure individuals away from their friends. Also, should you observe any individual who appears to be in distress, wandering alone late at night, or dressed unsuitably for the weather, be sure to contact the police immediately."

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McClanaghan describes himself as a "premier skills development trainer." According to his website, he has also handled consulting and public speaking engagements. Earlier this month, McClanaghan also spoke with Bob Iger, the former CEO of Disney. McClanaghan attended Syracuse University as a walk-on basketball player after graduating from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick. He then returned to Hendricken as a physical education instructor and began coaching some of the school's top basketball players. A 2019 profile of him in The Providence Journal states that he founded a business named "Rob Mac Basketball" and collaborated with players at Providence College and then in the NBA. Al Horford of the Celtics, MVP winners Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, and Russell Westbrook, as well as All-Stars Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gobert, Kyrie Irving, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, and John Wall are among his clients.

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